A to do list should always be structured around a personal hierarchy of value-ratios that may be dependent on a variety of needs or wants at any given time based upon the required goals, objectives or desired outcomes of that time period in relation to your realistic ability to achieve those targets based on variables such as available time, budget constraints etc. When it comes to making your to-do-list, think about which goals are the most challenging and weigh them up with the goals that you have the most available means of achieving in the shortest space of time, to the best of your ability or that cost the least amount of money, stress and energy.
This way, you can be pragmatic yet remember that certain goals require a different approach and that these may take more time, cost more money or pose more of a challenge and set aside what you need accordingly. One may not always enjoy getting stuck into a more challenging task at first. Sometimes tying up all the easier tasks at first will allow you to be more efficient at dealing with the serious issues, as you’ll have time to really settle into them and get them done properly.
Sometimes, it’s easier to dedicate yourself a more challenging task and limit the amount of time you spend on it, so that you ensure that you have time for the other goals you need to achieve, accomplish , finish etc. If you’re a goal-oriented person who enjoys the pressure of time constraints and the personal responsibility that comes with it, you’ll probably enjoy scheduling more challenging tasks or goals first and foremost. If you’re more of a lax-thinker who works best when the motive to achieve your goals is more self-inspired, then I’d recommend opting to finish easier tasks ahead of the more challenging ones. Take you own personality and the variables that affect each goal on the list into consideration when you’re writing up or ordering the list.
When making a to-do list, don’t push things off or wait until the last minute to get stuff done. It’s just not a healthy way to live, all the stress that doing that would induce. Instead, make to-do lists with advanced deadlines. Got to finish a report for work? Give yourself a deadline of 2 days before you actually need to hand it in. This way, you can work diligently to get it in and still have time to spare. And then if you run over a bit, no one will know because you’ll still have plenty of time to submit the report on time without anyone being the wiser. You’ll seem super professional, while no one has to know that you were really just looking out for yourself the entire time. To-do lists are your friend, but the most important key is figuring out how to use them to your advantage.
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