For those with busy lives, every minute can count. In fact, plenty of us mentally run through the day’s tasks while we’re on our way to work. Pick up milk, send that email to your boss, get the kids’ gym kits ready. It can be exhausting just trying to remember what you need to get done.
So why not give your brain a break and make an actual list that you can tick off once the day is done? You’ll feel less overwhelmed once you have it all written down and experience a big sense of accomplishment when you get to cross it all off in the evening. And yes, you’re allowed to add things you’ve already done just to have the pleasure of ticking them off!
Travelling to and from work by bus or train gives you a little free time either side of the working day, so it’s the perfect time to write your list. That’s why we created our newest idea:
Idea no. 30: Ticket off. Get your to-do list done on the bus or train
Here are our tips on how to write a to-do list if you’re not already in the habit. You’ll only need a pen and paper.
- Write down all of the tasks that you need to complete. If they’re large tasks, break them into distinct actions or steps to take, that last no longer than 1-2 hours.
- Allocate each task a priority from A (very important and very urgent) to E (unimportant and not at all urgent). If too many tasks are high priority, simply demote the less important ones.
- Rewrite the list in priority order.
- Work your way through the list in order. As you complete tasks, tick them off.
So ticket off on the way to work today: get your to-do list done before you arrive at work and tick off what you’ve done after a hard day’s work. You’ll feel less stressed, tense and frazzled; and more organised, productive and efficient.
And the best part is, travelling by train or bus also gives you the chance to complete one or two of your to-do list tasks. Whether it’s sending a Facebook message to a friend or going online to order the latest series of House of Cards, you can write it down and tick it off all in the same journey!