Do you ever make a list of things you need to do and instantly feel more overwhelmed than you did before you made the list?
Well I know I am most guilty of this. I have gotten to a point where I make my schedule for the entire week on Sundays. This gives me the full picture of what is coming up, what exactly I need to do, and when I need to have them done by. It took me a long time get used to staying on time and keeping up with my to-do list each day. Now I cannot live any other way. I feel lost without my list and weekly agenda!
Here are 5 tips to get you on your way to scheduling like a pro!
Schedule time to make your schedule. This way you are not extremely stressed and rushing to jot things down and have time to think out exactly what you need to do and when.
Make a list and check it twice. There's a reason why Santa checks his list twice! Not only making the list but reviewing it lets it sink in what you have coming up as well remembering additional things you might have missed on the first pass. Once you have the full picture and review it, it can help you prioritize what really needs to be done as well as things that can be pushed out.
Prioritize what is most important to what is least important. Sometimes we find ourselves doing things that are easier to get done, but do not need to be done right away. Often the more difficult things need to be done sooner....but since they are more difficult we like to push them off until later! Prioritizing can help with getting the right things done at the right time.
Put everything on your list no matter the size. Being able to cross off something on your list will allow you to feel accomplished. Unless you have elves helping you to get things done, even the small things will take your time to get done. No matter the size it is always thrilling to put a line through it or check it off, right?!
Be Specific. Tie up those loose ends, if you don't you will find yourself getting off track and not doing exactly what you need to do to get the job done.
These are all things I think about when I am doing a to-do list. I make sure to get anything and everything I need on the list. Sometimes I even leave open slots to fill in as the week goes on and things change or more things come up that I need to do. I hope this helps you feel more accomplished and organized!