Upwork has recently posted an article that summarizes several key techniques and skills regarding the efficient use of to-do lists. Most people have used, or at least heard of, a to-do list. They are one of the most commonly recommended tools for individuals to make better use of their time.
Upwork describes a common scenario of individuals creating to-do lists and then very few of the items actually being completed. This is most commonly due to a lack of knowledge regarding techniques that will allow you to use this powerful tool better. They recommend that you should create a better system of organization for your task lists. There are several techniques that you can utilize in order to improve the organization of your lists.
First, you must begin by creating a list. Upwork believes that it is important for you to get every idea in your head on paper when you are creating a list of tasks you must complete. A common distraction that people encounter during the working day is wondering ideas that enter their head. If you get every single idea on paper, this can significantly reduce the occurrence of these distractions. It is important that all of these ideas go into one central location as well. This will eliminate the time that you spend going between one list of tasks and another.
Once you have all of your tasks listed, you can then go about organizing them. Upwork recommends that on each task you should set specific timelines to go with them. This will give you an idea of when to start each task as well as how long each task will take to complete. They also recommend giving your self a little bit of room to breathe with each task as occasionally we overestimate or underestimate the time required for a particular task. Afterward, you can then go about organizing them in order of importance. Since you have a general idea of how long each task will take you can then decide how to use your time most efficiently. In this way, you will get far better results than haphazardly working your way through a task list.