“Don’t let your to-do list control you.”
I tell myself this all the time. To-do lists never end. There will always be things that need to get done. I know this. And, in general, I’m pretty good at staying level headed even as the list grows longer. Sometimes though.. it takes over every thought and my mind is racing so fast thinking about everything that I have to do that I can’t focus it on a single task. I’m sure you can only imagine how counter-productive this is.
Let’s take a glimpse into my to-do list this week, shall we?
- Read two more required books for YTT, finish reading a third.
- Write my 10-page reflection paper for YTT.
- (As well as, two 1-pagers.)
- Finish two blog designs.
- Complete Illustrator online course lesson and homework #1 and 2.
- Email photo client with info/updates.
- Laundry/clean room.
- Write blog posts for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
- Go to yoga at least two more times this week.
- Spend as much time with family and friends as I can before YTT starts and I disappear off the face of the earth.
Soooo … yeah that’s a lot. Especially when you factor in 40 hours of photography class/assignments, a commute and Physical Therapy. We will brush by the fact that I’m taking on a lot at the moment. Yes, I know. I’m taking steps to fix it but that’s a post for another day.
The reward for finishing all this? I get to catch up on Homeland and Revenge. ommggggimsooobsessedwithhomeland.
I think that’s what makes this to-do list so painful.. all I really want to do is watch Homeland haha
But anyways, onto the point of this point. Tackling my to-do list. Here’s how I plan to do it:
- Get 8 hours of sleep. Go to bed early, wake up early. I am so focused in the mornings but I can’t be productive if I’m too tired to get out of bed.
- Unplug from social media. I’ve been trying as much as I can to stay off of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Email and other time sucks.
- Avoid multi-tasking. Even though it’s so tempting right now, I’ve been trying to wait until I’m done with one thing before I move on to the next. (#2 helps with this.)
- Adhere to the 5 minute rule. If I can do something in 5-minutes or less, I do it right when I think of it and move on.
- Set up a system. I use a combination of post-it notes and my planner to set reminders, write out goals and plan my week. I love how my planner keeps everything in one place, but I love how post-it notes allow me to scribble all over the place and cross things off when I complete them.
- Take breaks. Did I mention Homeland already?
It’s times like these that I don’t know what I’d do without my Erin Condren Planner..
How do you tackle your to-do list? How do you ensure that you don’t take on too much?