How to Get Control of Your To-Do List, Instead of It Controlling You

How to Get Control of Your To-Do List, Instead of It Controlling You

How to keep your to-do list from overwhelming you and from things falling through the cracks.

I hope your goals for the year are going well and you’re making steady progress toward them!  I want to share a tool that I have used consistently (almost daily) for the last 4 years.  It’s called Toodledo and it’s a great app/website for tracking a to do list.  Here’s how I use it:

  • Put to do items into the app as they pop into my head.  I try to avoid writing these down on sticky notes, random pieces of paper at all costs.  I always have the intention to capture those later and never do.  They get lost and I drop the ball.
  • Assign a due date.  I review the master list on Sundays and again each night for the next day and make sure I have either scheduled time to complete the tasks for that day or reschedule them.  
  • Break up big projects into small tasks.  For example, instead of one big task of ‘create baby book for the 3rd neglected child’, I broke this down into 12 tasks, one for each month of his first year and will finish the book over the course of a couple of weeks.
  • Set up recurring tasks.  I LOVE this feature.  For example, on the 5th of every month, I schedule myself to reconcile my statements for the prior month.

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