Many of us have a never-ending to-do list that gets longer by the minute. We feel so bogged down and overwhelmed by what we need to get done that, often times, we don’t get anything done. However, we don’t need to feel like that anymore. Located in Mountain View, California Upwork, the largest freelancing website, recently published a set of guidelines that will help us effectively and efficiently tackle our to-do list.
First, write everything you need to do down, don’t just try to remember it. Doing this allows your brain to focus on one task at a time. Second, prepare your to-do list the night before. This enables us to use our morning to be productive and check things off the list. Third, whether it be on a piece of paper or an app on your phone, keep your to-do list in one place. This lets you see all the tasks you need to do and prioritize as necessary. Fourth, give yourself a realistic time limit to accomplish a task. Doing this helps you be more productive during the specified time to ensure you get the task completed in time. Fifth, prioritize. Do the most important tasks first before unexpected things have time to pop up during your day. Sixth, continue to re-evaluate by removing tasks on your list that don’t really need to be done or that don’t matter; this allows you to focus on what is important. Seventh, don’t be afraid to delegate. Eighth, break larger tasks into smaller tasks. This will help you feel more productive and less overwhelmed. Ninth, group similar work together. For example, if you need to make a number of phone calls, complete them one after another instead of taking care of other tasks between them. Last, assign energy levels. Dedicate your most productive time to tasks that take the most amount of energy and time.