If you’re a busy professional like the ones who provide services through Upwork, an online marketplace that connects businesses to freelance professionals, you’ll be interested in these productivity tips Upwork recently shared on its blog. You’ll learn how to effectively make and complete your to-do list.
How to Make Your To-do List
Make sure your to-do list is comprehensive. It’s important not to leave any tasks to memory. Making a note of all of your tasks, instead of trying to remember them, frees your mind to focus on what you’re working on now. To create your to do-list, a to-do list tool, such as a specialized software and its accompanying mobile app, is essential. Also it’s important to limit yourself to one to-do list tool. If you use more than one tool, you increase the risk of dropping the ball on a project.
Think About Your Time
Create your to-do list the night before. Note when you are going to begin each task and how much time you expect it to take to complete. While you’re thinking about when to start a task, prioritize your tasks so that high priority tasks are started first. Note how much energy a task will take. Plan to work on tasks that require more of your energy when you have the most energy, which for most people is in the morning.
Getting Through the List
Group similar tasks. For example, if you have several spreadsheets to work on, plan to do them consecutively. Break big projects down into smaller tasks. However, don’t lose sight of the big picture. None of the tasks on your to-do should be busy work. Each task should be part of a larger project.
Use your to-do list tool to delegate tasks. If there’s no one to delegate to, consider using Upwork to find an independent professional with the necessary skills.
Reassess your list. If you find that there are low-value tasks that you keep putting off, consider deleting those tasks.