To-do list: Do it the right way

Translated by Anastasia Tsitsani

Based on the original article in Greek by Άρτεμις Χατζηαθανασίου

We all live fast-paced lives. We all have responsibilities that have to be done, but we don’t always have the time for them. A very common way of organizing our daily responsibilities is by creating a “to-do” list. Sometimes though it doesn’t work, as we don’t prioritize our responsibilities the right way. A more effective tool would be a diary, as we can write down something that we have to do way before actually doing it.

Thus, we prioritize everything and are able to organize them more efficiently. As Alisson Rimm says:“By searching for a gap in the diary before anything else, it is highly likely that I will realize I don’t have time to do something, resulting in me not doing it at all.”

There are also other ways that help us organize our time, such as:

Setting realistic goals

We must evaluate the goals that we set for ourselves, in order to see whether they can be achieved or not.

Avoiding procrastination

Many times, we catch ourselves zoned out. We should better be focused on what we are doing and, in that way, save precious time. This happens a lot with social media, as we want to check up on them all the time. We’d better turn off/mute our notifications for as long as needed.

Doing things one step at a time

The only thing that we end up with while trying to do more than one thing at a time, is getting stressed out. We think that by doing two things simultaneously we save up time, but it makes us slow down on our work even more.

 

Never putting off for tomorrow what can be done today

We often put off responsibilities thinking that tomorrow is another day after all. And it just so happens that the responsibilities accumulate and there is not enough time in the world to get them done. Organizing our time isn’t that hard, as long as we set our mind it. We choose what suits our needs and make the best out of it.