I admit it. I am a lister.
I create lists for everything.
- task lists
- to-do lists
- grocery lists
- project lists
- wish lists
- contact lists
- activity lists
- bulleted lists
- see my point?
For me, they are easier to manage than random notes for things I need to take care of. It offers organization and sense of order. They help me prioritize the items that need my attention.
But they haven’t been working for me.
In business, I have made heavy use of Microsoft Project and Gantt charts to help define large scale projects, establish timelines, responsibilities, target start and completion dates, available resources as well as estimated deadlines. These charts, commonly displayed as a task list, were essential to almost any project because it kept my engineering team and myself on task, on schedule and within budget.
So if these lists that I love and abide by so much in my professional life are working so fantastically, why aren’t they working for me in my personal life?
I have had lists in one way, shape or form for some time. From using sticky notes, written notebooks and dedicated applications. Nothing was working. I was using Evernote for my task lists and other miscellaneous lists. It worked great, synchronized between web, computer and phone. But the one feature it is lacking for a to-do list application is the feature that I needed the most.
The ability to set due dates and deadlines.
I had these great lists, things I need to do, items needing my attention. However, without actively staring at sticky notes, opening my notebook or loading up Evernote every single day to check when things were due.
It was not until about a week ago when I started using a program called Wunderlist that I realized the error of my ways. The program is awesome and I love it as a dedicated task management app. You can create tasks, set due dates, set priority, everything. It lets you know when items are due in the next 7 days, due today, or overdue.
I need deadlines.
Now with deadlines and alerts, tasks are getting knocked off my to-do list left and right and ahead of schedule.
Now it is your turn.
Take your to-do list, or create one if you don’t have one. Prioritize it and add deadlines.
Look good? Awesome.
Now take those deadlines and bump them up a day. Agressive? Yes. Out of the realm of possibility? Of course not.
Push yourself to get things accomplished. Even the smallest, most mundane task. Get it knocked out ahead of schedule. It will energize you and boost your confidence and make taking care of the next item on the list, just that much easier.
Day 17. Way 17. June 17: Set Deadlines. Knock tasks off that list. Boost your confidence.
Do you use lists like I do?
What do you use to manage those lists?
How do you keep the deadlines that you set?
Let me know your methods or suggestions in the comments below!