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|Today’s tip: Make an Action Plan for Your To-do List|
Managing a to-do list is the most basic step of all planning, but there’s a secret to making a to-do list that really works:
1) Make it specific, and 2) make it fit. What do I mean by this?
- First, make certain that each task on your list offers specific detailed instructions.
Don’t just write the word “Budget” on your list, it’s a large, unapproachable word.
- Create tasks that begin with a verb and offer clarity as to the subject, like “List monthly bills due.“
- If your task can’t be turned into a specific action, it needs to be broken down into smaller steps, as I did in the above example.
- It’s always a good idea to plan your day conservatively, so limit yourself to 3-5 priority tasks that fit the time you have available.
- If you find yourself having extra time, and everything done – that’s a good problem!
It makes no sense to create a giant laundry list of vague tasks that you’ll never get started, or frankly have no intention of doing. Set yourself up for success with a to-do list that provides a descriptive, realistic plan today.
|Day-Timer Spokesperson Jeff Doubek can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org|