Monday, May 11, 2015

How to Create an Effective To-Do List.

how to create an effective to do list

To maximize my productivity, I had to recently reevaluate my strategies. My first priority was tackling the to do list with things that never seem to get accomplished.

How To Create an Effective To-Do List

Shorten your list. I realize I was being unrealistic by placing up to 10 things that I wanted to tackle in a day. Who was I kidding? Maybe if I had a clone... Limit your list to three things and stay focused on accomplishing those tasks.

Don't Procrastinate. I've fostered a "seize the day" kind of attitude so after my early morning Mommy duties, I turn my attention to my list and start working on the first thing listed. Before noon, I've already accomplished one task or sometimes two depending on the schedule. 

Estimate Time. How long will it take to accomplish each task? For me, it doesn't make sense to plan on being productive once the boys are home from school and one only goes twice per week for 4 hours. Therefore, i have to be realistic about how much time I have and how much I can accomplish with the hours in my day. 

Plan ahead. Utilize the day or evening before to compile your list. 
When I use to teach, I always had my lessoned plan ahead of time. Imagine going to teach a class and not being prepared? The same thing applies here. Have your to do list completed so you so you are prepared for tackling it the following morning.

how to create an effective to do list

The end of a productive day! 

Here's to a productive week for you all. xx

Pics: Tiffany Parsons


  1. Awesome advice and beautiful pics!


  2. Great tips, my friend! I need to not procrastinate so much! In the last picture Ian really looks like you there!!!!

  3. Thank you SO much, Stacey! You have no idea just how much I can use this right now. :-)

    Love these photos of you, sweet friend. xo.

  4. I am completely with you. i used to have long to do lists as well and am realistic about having a shorter to do list.
    You look lovely my dear and I hope you have a productive day ;)

    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

  5. First of all, these are great photos!!! Love love them. Next, really smart tips to help any of us stay on track!
    xo Nancy

  6. Love this! Will you share a day in your life and what yoy have on your to do list? I´m always curious about how a normal day could look like for others:-)!


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