How to Make Your To Do List More Productive

That kind of sounds like the list is going to do all the work, doesn’t it? Sorry. No magic skills here.

What I mean is that I am going to tell you how to get the things on your to do list done. And while I’m at it, I’ll help you feel a little less overwhelmed.

Cause that’s how I’m feeling about now. Overwhelmed. Like I have a to do list a mile or two long.

Christmas is coming and I still have lots to do.

And you might have noticed that ADD Moms looks a little different. Working on that. Thought I had it covered, but nope. Back to square one.

And, well, you know. We all have stuff to do.

Right now I want to move from feeling overwhelmed to getting stuff done.

Cause when it’s done, my stress level goes down.

So here’s what I’m going to do. You can do it too. It’s pretty easy.

Start with a sheet of paper and something to write with. Oh, and get your planner or calendar too.

Write down everything that you need to do in the next 2-3 weeks. Let’s say until the end of the month (and coincidentally the end of the year).

No order. Just write down things as they occur to you. I call this a dump list cause you’re basically dumping everything you’re trying to remember to do out of your head and on to that piece of paper.

Once you’re done, go through and edit. Did you list anything more than once? Hmmm… that might mean it’s extra important. Maybe you should schedule that into your calendar right now.

Hint: that’s the real key to getting things done. Taking them off the to do list and scheduling them into your day.

OK now go through and see which things you can eliminate or delegate. You know – get someone else to do it.

You still have stuff left, don’t you?

Me too.

Choose what’s most important and put them into your schedule. Now.

What if you still have stuff left over after that?

Well that was going to happen even if you didn’t do this exercise right? Cause you were just going to haphazardly attack things and hope it all got done.

And you know from experience that doesn’t work.

So do what’s important to you, farm out what you can and make peace with the rest.

And for future reference, repeat after me: “Just say no“.

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About Brenda Nicholson

I am an ADHD Expert, Coach, and Consultant. I want you to learn how to celebrate your life with ADHD too.

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