If you have been working under stress and nothing seems to organize, then you should read this blogpost. The art of organizing your day to day work is not inborn, but it comes with a practice of conscious efforts. Many years ago I developed this habit of organizing my day to day life, and like most people I like to call this as my “To Do” list.
With the word clearly articulating the meaning, it is all about the list of things that has to be done in a given day. It might sound rudimentary but I feel like writing about this because we miss on sticking to the basics these days.
I like to keep my “To Do” list focused towards what I need to finish in a given day. I generally move it to the next day when by any chance I am not able to finish it. Action items that have extended deadlines aren’t my thing, neither I recommend it to anyone because chances are that they are left undone most of the time.
I have been practicing the art of keeping a “To Do” list for my day to day activities ever since I started working. It was introduced to me by a senior who saw me struggling with my usual office hours and decided to coach me with his expertise. I was mesmerized with the idea and till date this is one of the best habits I picked up.
In these years of life, I have come across people who have their agenda for the day ready on a piece of paper, very organized with their day to day activities, and then there are people who believe in keeping action items in their head. After seeing the two sides of the coin, I came to wonder the magic an organized “To Do” list brings and what benefits it has over our human brain. Some things I have come across that I would like to pen down and also want to touch upon “how” as well as “why” we should develop this habit through the below points..
We begin our day with full bandwidth of energy which is usually not utilized properly. When we start our day, we are fresh, just woken up from deep sleep and ready to take over the day. But this isn’t the case each time. At times we are not well organized to align our energies in the right direction, other times we are too busy that our focus shifts to something which isn’t productive to give beneficial results. It is the story of almost every person living on this planet today. They are busy putting their s**t together that they don’t realize the power of an organized approach which can be more beneficial and productive for everyone.
If you want to test this, try and put your focus to that list of activities for a day and see the result for yourself. Share your experience in the comments section if you feel any benefits out of it.
When I started with this habit, I went ahead and became quite extensive with my list. Soon I realized that it isn’t helping either. My “To Do” list had almost everything in it and I wasn’t sure where to begin. So there came the understanding of the right of way of practicing this habit.
Putting the list in front of you and giving it few seconds to prioritize is the best way to move ahead. Not only it will save you from wasting your time but also align the right energy towards the right action items for better results.
“To Do” list isn’t only about getting the action points but also about developing a good habit. Starting your day everyday with the action items will not only simplify your life but also brings a regular consistency in your work. There are less chances of you missing out any important meeting and there will be better results derived from it.
This will incorporate a healthy habit in your system as well. Research have shown that it takes an average of 66 days to develop a habit. Therefore chances are that this continuous and conscious effort towards keeping a “To Do” list will become a part of you soon enough.
Hope you took something out of this read that can help you stay focused towards the right direction.
Until next time.. XOXO