Here’s our tips on how to get organised and stay ahead of your to-do list.
Many people admit to feeling overwhelmed by the number of jobs on their to-do list and often put off tasks until the last possible minute, which only adds to stress levels. Here are my tips on how to get on top of your admin:
If you are anything like me, you will have a long to-do list of various tasks, which can be daunting and impractical to manage.
Rather than letting the list build up until it seems impossible to complete, try having a 15-minute productivity blast. This is about dedicating 15 minutes at the same time every day to focus on accomplishing one of your tasks, or as many as you can manage in that time, to slowly bring the list down. 15 minutes a day is a manageable amount of time and it helps you keep on top of your tasks.
To be as productive as possible try clearly documenting all of your tasks somewhere easily accessible to track exactly what you need to do.
This works well for three main reasons:
If you use an app to manage your to-do list, such as Asana, you can also add items while you are out and about so you’ll never forget anything. You can also set deadlines and notifications for when a task is due so that nothing slips through. Plus the act of archiving a completed task can be very rewarding!
In order to prioritise your tasks more effectively, it’s helpful to split them into four categories:
By splitting the tasks into these four categories, you ensure that you focus on all the categories, rather than just the quick and easy ones. If you decide to use an app to manage your to-do list, open it each morning and reprioritise all tasks, which will help you keep on top of what you need to and by when.
It’s very easy to make tasks more complicated than they need to be. This can be for two main reasons:
You can overthink a task and build it up to be a lot more complicated than it really is. The longer you put off something, the more complex you can make it seem and the more stressful it becomes. If this is the case, break it down into smaller, and more manageable steps.
Choose to invest time in simplifying tasks, for example:
If you find yourself struggling with day to day admin, or your to-do list regularly becomes unmanageable, just follow my simple tips and manage your workload in bite-size chunks with the help of online tools! In no time at all, you will be winning.