I make it a point to work from a to-do list. But by the end of the day, I still haven’t finished most of the items. What am I doing wrong?
“If you’re working on the items highest on your priority list and don’t complete them in one day, that’s acceptable,” says David Crocker, president and CEO of Crocker Associates, an organizational change consulting firm in Yorktown, Virginia. “It’s better to use your time working on more difficult, important items than to work on things that are easy to do but low in priority.”
A to-do list is an effective tool when used properly. It allows you to view your daily inventory of responsibilities in a single glance. Further, it helps you maintain order as you complete the items on your checklist.
To get the most out of these lists, rank your items by importance and urgency. Things that are neither important nor urgent should be placed at the very bottom of your list or on a separate sheet of paper or list altogether. It’s also essential not to let distractions-phone calls, co-workers, etc.-prevent you from finishing items on your list.