A to-do list is important for busy professionals, so they can stay on schedule and feel accomplished at the end of the day. Many to-do lists can fall short, according to Upwork, because they are not organized correctly. Upwork, a company that allows clients and freelancers to find each other in an efficient way, suggests ways to organize a to-do list for better productivity.
Just one list! One list and one place to record tasks are more efficient than many. If you use an app or decide on a notebook, keep it within arms reach throughout your busy day.
Record your future tasks as they come to you. Thinking of everything at once is less productive than writing things down and clearing your mind right away.
Get prepared the evening before your day of work, so you don’t have to use your high-energy morning on your to-do list.
Estimate how much time your task will take as you add it to your list and when you should start the task.
What are your high priorities for the day? Organize your tasks by priority, so you are getting the most important things done first.
Delegate the things that you don’t have to do yourself. If you work from home and have an assignment to do and dinner to cook, ask for help. Asking for help will get rid of the feeling of being overwhelmed, so you can focus on one thing.
Use your energy for the correct tasks. High energy times should coordinate with the more difficult tasks on your list.
Creating groups in your to-do lists for tasks that are similar will help you feel like you are getting more done. If you have phone calls to several different clients, get them all done in a row. This will maximize your energy and you will enjoy making all of those check marks in the process.
Upwork is headquartered in Moutain View, CA and offers tips and suggestions for those in the business and freelancing worlds. Freelancers collectively earn over a billion dollars a year on Upwork.