Should You Use a To Do List?

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Two FREE Printable To Do Lists

It’s happened again. Five o’clock has come around and it seems like you haven’t gotten anything accomplished. That feeling stays with you on your drive home, while you eat dinner with your family, and as you try to fall fast asleep. The next day, you wake up discouraged and overwhelmed.

Here’s the thing: unless you sit at the office and stare at the wall, you likely did get things done. Why, then, did you feel like nothing got accomplished?

Well, it’s probably due to a lack of organization and/or prioritizing tasks. That’s where to do lists come in.

A Simple Solution

People use to do lists in different ways. Some people use a to do list to log the work they did that day. Some use to do lists to keep mission critical tasks foremost in mind throughout the day. Some use to do lists to track progress on larger projects.

It really is a simple solution. Write down what needs to be done, and then cross or check off items as they’re completed throughout the day.

At the end of the day, even if it feels like the day went by quickly and you didn’t get anything accomplished, you can look at the list and realize that you actually did get some things done.

On the other hand, if you had an extremely productive day, it can be quite satisfying looking at your list and having every single item checked off.

Paper or Digital?

In the age of the smartphone, there are a plethora of apps that offer to do list functionality. Probably the best one out there is Wunderlist.

Wunderlist isn’t just a smartphone app. They have desktop versions of their productivity software as well. The desktop versions can even sync with your smartphone so that you can keep your lists anywhere you go. You can download it for free in the app store. There is a premium version of the app that adds additional features, however I find the free version functional enough for even the seasoned professional.

What about paper options? Though some like the convenience of having their to do lists on their smart phone, sometimes there’s no substitute for the accomplishment one feels with completing a list on a tactile piece of paper and being able to throw it away when done.

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