If you are anything like me, a long to-do list can cause instant stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety lead to avoidance and procrastination. Avoidance and procrastination will quickly lead to an even longer list of things to do. It’s a vicious repeating cycle, but there is hope! So, keep reading.
I wanted to put an end to the cycle. So, I started setting aside time to review and prioritize my list of things to do.
On Sunday mornings—before the kids wake up and the shenanigans begin—I shuffle into the kitchen and make myself a cup of coffee. Then I shuffle over to my desk and get to work on planning for the week ahead. I utilize five simple steps to help me get ready for a new week and now I’m sharing these tips with you.
Conquering Your to-do List
- DO A BRAIN DUMP
Grab a pencil and a sheet of paper and set a timer for three minutes. During this time, write down everything you need to get done throughout the week. Don’t overthink it. Just write until the timer goes off.
- PRIORITIZE YOUR LIST
Now that you’ve written down all your tasks, it’s time to prioritize them. List each task in order of importance and assign a completion deadline for each one.
- ELIMINATE THE NON-ESSENTIAL ITEMS
If you’re like me, you might find that some of the items on your list really aren’t that crucial and may even be more distractions than anything. Free yourself from the mental clutter and completely cross items like this off your list.
- ROUND UP THE STRAYS
You may have trouble prioritizing some items. If you run into this, create a new brain dump list to come back to at a later date. I suggest revisiting the list after you’ve completed all of the items on the main list.
- PLUG & PLAY
Now it’s time to plug these items into your planners and digital calendars and EXECUTE … EXECUTE … EXECUTE!