5 Ways to Tackle Your To-Do List

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It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you have a busy week ahead of you. Instead of trying to juggle everything all at once, here are 5 tips to get tasks crossed off your to-do list more efficiently!

1) Use the Pomodoro technique.

Work for 25 minutes then give yourself a five-minute break. Repeat this four times (or for four tasks) and then take a longer 30-minute break. This is guaranteed to drastically boost your productivity. Set a timer and put it in front of you while you work to further motivate you. You will find yourself blasting through tasks and racing against the clock.

2) Make a to-do list for the week and the day.

Most people will only make a to-do list for the day and it is hard to train one’s self to commit to doing it every day. By making a to-do list for the week at a glance, you can spread out tasks. It is less overwhelming doing two tasks a day than overloading yourself with a long list of things you want to accomplish in one day. You’re still a superwoman, but spreading out tasks will make your life a bit easier.

3) Do your least favorite task first.

You’re dreading it and trying not to even think about it right? Well, do it first so you won’t have to think about it for another second. Getting your least favorite task out of the way will not only make you feel better, but that small victory will encourage you to power through the rest of your tasks.

4) Track your time.

Knowing how much time it takes you to complete certain tasks will allow you to effectively plan out your day. For instance, if you know how much time it takes you to read 10 pages of your history textbook, you can calculate how long it’ll take you to get through the chapter by the end of the week. Game changing.

5) Break up tasks.

Got a 20 paged paper due at the end of the semester? Don’t wait until the night before to a) freak out about it and b) finish at 5 a.m. Break the paper up into smaller tasks. Set aside a week to research and compile a works cited list. Give yourself two days to edit the paper. Breaking big projects up into smaller tasks makes it less threatening!

 

Walker's Legacy is a growing global women in business collective founded to establish networks of empowerment and access for women of color in business.

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