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Your Daily To-Do List

The advantages of maintaining a to-do list:

  • A to do list helps us know the different things that have do be done so that we do not miss anything.
  • A to do list is more dependable than our memory.
  • Once we have a written list of the things that we have to do, we can prioritize and decide which jobs should be done first.
  • A to do list helps us to avoid repetition of labor.

For example, if we have to deliver a document at an office and collect a document from another office which is on the same block as the first office, both these tasks can be done together. It saves us the time energy and effort of going to the same place twice. But only if we have a ‘to-do’ list can we know in advance that there are two jobs at the same place. This is the way mail carriers operate when they deliver mail.
 

A to do list enables us to cross out the tasks which have finished doing and towards the end of the day when we see the list of things that we have crossed out, it certainly will give us a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. It also has the effect of shocking us if nothing at all has been done and crossed out.

If anything remains on today’s list, it can be carried over to tomorrows list and that is excellent way of preparing a to-do list for the next day.

The ‘to-do’ list should be realistic.

It is not enough that daily ‘to-do’ lists be prepared. The list should be realistic because it should include only things that can be accomplished today. There is no sense in preparing a list that includes items that can only be done over a week.

You should also create lists for the week, month and even the year but on separate paper. It is best to pin up these longer term lists instead of carrying them around. Keep in mind is that a weekly list is not something to be done on the last day of the week and a monthly list is not something to be done at the end of the month. Check your other lists regularly and add what can be done today to today's to do list.

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