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The secret to completing your to do list

Posted on: April 7th, 2014 by Walid Abou-Halloun
Categories: Business. Tags: Productivity and Task Management.

The secret to completing your to do list

It’s Friday afternoon. Aaargh! Where did the time go? I still have so much to do!

Many of us have reacted this way – at least once in our life. You know you’ve been busy. You’ve been up to your elbows in paper work. You’ve been on the phone a couple of times and you’ve been moving around the office. You feel stressed out but at the end of the day or week – you suddenly realise that you’ve barely made a dent in your to do list. How will you ever grow your business to success this way?

Why? Whether you admit it or not, most people are just disorganised. Before you protest – being disorganised doesn’t mean you’re lazy or stupid. There are some factors that cause people to become disorganised:

  • Family history
  • Habits
  • Current situation
  • Social behaviour
  • Chronic issues

The thing is – humans were not born disorganised but somewhere along the way, certain situations and habits that we picked up have led us to become so disorganised that we can’t seem to finish anything. Then, guilt and frustration will set in. It’s enough to make you get a virtual assistant!

How can you get everything done in your to do list?

  • Stop making excuses!
    Don’t hang on to one or more of the previously mentioned factors that lead to being disorganised, as your excuse to not get organised! Start moving!
  • Learn to prioritise
    • Remove tasks that will only waste your time and will not help you achieve your goals.
    • Delegate non-critical tasks to other people who are capable of doing the work.
    • Do what is left in your to do list. To make it easier for you, put all your tasks in one of.
  • Pick a System To Prioritise Your Tasks
    Here’s what Ford thinks are the best:

    • Todoist
      Features :Its layout is similar to your email inbox. You can categorize your tasks, set deadlines or due dates and you can even share your tasks with others.
      Works on: All available devices or platforms in the market
      Price: free or $29/year
    • Any.Do
      Features: It has a clean interface making it easy for you to add new tasks. It is also easy to add reminders and you can sync your to-do list with the browser extension.
      Works on: iOS, Android, Google Chrome
      Price: free
    • Carrot
      Features: Makes tasks fun by turning everything into a game. This helps even the most disorganised people to stick to deadlines to get things done.
      Works on: iPhone, iPad
      Price: $1.99
    • Wunderlist
      Features: Described as “probably the prettiest to-do list app” in the market. In addition to adding tasks, you can add sub-tasks, assign to-do’s to collaborators and add notes. You can even set repeated events.
      Works on: iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, Kindle, Web
      Price: $4.99
    • Calvetica
      Features: It’s a calendar app that provides you with an overview of all your tasks if you like scheduling everything for specific times.
      Works on: iPhone, iPad
      Price: $2.99
    • Pocket Lists
      Features: It has location reminders and list syncing. It can even transform photos into to do lists.
      Works on: iPhone, iPad
      Price: $4.99
    • Todo 7
      Features: It has a well-structured interface that is easy to work with.
      Works on: iPhone, iPad, Mac
      Price: $4.99 or $14.99
    • 2Do
      Features: You can put all your to do lists from different projects into this app. You can add tags so, you can sort your tasks better.
      Works on: iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android
      Price: $9.99 or $39.99
    • Task
      Features: All your tasks will appear on one screen. You can add reminders and dates and times to tasks that need them.
      Works on: iPhone, iPad
      Price: $0.99
  • Once you’ve put all tasks in the app of your choice, decide what action you will take
    • Do it now
    • Mark the task for later
    • Set reminders
    • Create groups of lists ie: ‘things to do at home’ or ‘things to do at the office’ or ‘things to buy at the shops’
  • Now you’re ready to conquer the world!

What will happen if you don’t get organised?

It will take too long for you to finish everything on your to do list – or you may just go insane.

Insanity was said to be defined by Albert Einstein as, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

You don’t have to go crazy and you don’t have to get stuck with so many unfinished tasks. Do something about it! Remember, nobody can change your situation for you. We’ve shown you what you can do. You can clear that backlog and stop feeling guilty and frustrated. It’s time to take your life back!

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