3 Ways To Manage Your To-Do List
I am a productivity nerd. I love hearing about how other people stay productive and manage their to-do lists, and I can’t walk past the stationery section at Anthropologie without going googly-eyed (hello you). Aesthetics aside, getting it done is what matters.
You can search for the perfect calendar and read hundreds of productivity tips, but the simplest and most intuitive methods are always best. I’ve found three simple ways that help me manage my to-do list, so I thought I’d share in case you’re in need of some inspiration!
Todoist is honestly the only productivity app I’ve ever stuck to because, to me, it’s perfect.
My favorite feature is the ability to schedule recurring and future tasks, like paying bills or making a dentist appointment, so that I never accidentally forget. You don’t get the satisfaction of crossing something off your list, but you do get to check a box when the task is done and it disappears. I have the premium version, but it’s only $29 for a whole year, which is a bargain if you ask me.
Here are a few of my favorite features:
- Postpone a task until tomorrow
- Add a due time
- Sort tasks into categories (personal, work)
- Set recurring tasks
- Keep track of your completed tasks
- Add notes to tasks
- Sync to your calendar and email
- View it on your phone, online, or on your desktop
Plain Ol’ Notebook
This is what I use to write out every little detailed task I need to do that’s part of a larger project. I start by identify the larger project I need to work on, and then breaking it down into smaller tasks. For example:
Project: Draft Blog Post
- Brainstorm topics
- Write 10 headline ideas
- Choose image
- Decide on three main points
- Write introduction & conclusion
- Decide on headline
- Edit image in Canva
- Schedule post
Nourish Day Planner
I’m a big believer in deciding your ‘top three’ for the day – those three tasks or projects you need to get done no matter what. Sometimes our to-do lists can go on forever, but I’ve found that you can usually group the important ones into three larger categories. I haven’t used this planner consistently, but I wanted to share because it’s so lovely and I should use it more! The best thing is that it’s free if you signup to Rachel’s newsletter. I promise it’s worth it.
Photo: Rachel Gadiel