The Best Ways to Stick to Your To-Do Lists

When it comes to making a to-do list, there are many factors involved.

From writing out your list of tasks, to determining if they're achievable or just a pipe-dream and more, it's pretty clear that to-do lists aren't all fun and games. If you find yourself never being able to get through one of these, or if it takes you way too long, fret not, because we're here to help.

Keep reading for the best ways to stick to your to-do lists:

Plan Ahead

The most important piece of advice we have to give when it comes to sticking to your to-do lists is keeping a day planner. Physically writing things down with a pen or pencil will help you retain the information. Whenever you get an idea or remember something you need to get done, jot it down in your planner! We love THIS from The Happy Planner because there's lots of room for notes and checklists.


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Give Yourself Incentives

If you're one to get distracted when it comes to studying, reading or anything of the sort, we have a solution for you. Incentivize yourself! Instead of coming up with a to-do list full of big tasks, split them up into smaller, more doable deeds. Then, once you get through a certain amount of duties, reward yourself! It can be something as simple as your favorite snack, a chill and Netflix sesh or a walk outside. Whatever works for you is what should be your focus.

 

Stick to a Routine

Many of us find ourselves scrambling on Mondays because we didn't plan ahead. So, whether that means you meal-prep on Sundays or write out your lists on Monday mornings, try and stick to a routine. We recommend writing out your goals for the week before it starts. For example, you can have goals like only going out for dinner once a week, working out at least three times, calling your grandparents, and so on. If you make it a weekly or even monthly task, you're much more likely to get into the swing of things.


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Make Deadlines

Making deadlines is essential to sticking to any to-do list. Also, this is where your day planner will come in handy! If you simply jot down a list of things you want to get done eventually, we're willing to bet you won't get to all of the tasks. However, if you give yourself a time and day when certain things absolutely need to be completed by, you're much more likely to actually get them done. By making deadlines, you're helping yourself.

 

Prioritize Your List

When you're making an initial to-do list, consider each item in relevance to importance. What item should be your priority? Are there certain things that won't take too long? How about something that will take a long time? By taking all of this into consideration, you'll be able to better prioritize your time and duties. We recommend completing the most important things first because it'll feel like a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders, which will make the rest of your list seem super easy.


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