3 Benefits of a To-Do List

mad-man-very-frustrated-angry-isolated-white-background-34681015I’m always trying to improve my time management skills, and keeping a to-do list seemed a good place to start. I’ll admit that it has not been easy, and some days I just want to be a free-sprit and perform my daily tasks in my own good time. However, there were times I couldn’t get my free-spirited self motivated, and ended up doing mindless tasks such as surfing the net, or watching a favorite TV program.

When you make your to-do list is up to you. Some prefer to write out their to-do list the night before, while others prefer to post their list in the morning. Here are 3 benefits of a to-do list:

Helps Prioritize

You may have many tasks you want to accomplish in a day, but some are more essential than others. Seeing your to-do list written out allows you to prioritize tasks in order of importance and determine what time frame you need to complete your list.

Improves Focus

You can’t always remember everything you want to accomplish, and writing your to-do list improves focus. You have your to-do list in front of you, and know exactly what you need to do.

Tracks Progress

At the end of each day, review your progress and what you accomplished. Did you get the whole list finished, or did you run out of time? What could you have done differently? Make changes as needed until you find out what works best for you.

I am noticing that as I use a to-do list each day, I feel more energetic, more focused and like I am meeting more of my goals. Following these 3 benefits of a to-do list will make a difference in your life as well.


Writing Down Your Goals

A goal is something that you desire in your life, that you are willing to take action in order to reach. Your goal may be to get a better job, lose weight, go back to school, or start a family. Your chances of success will be greater if you write down your goals. Here are 3 reasons why writing down your goals is so important:

Shows Commitment

Writing down your goals shows you are serious and that these goals are important to you. There may be obstacles that stand in your way, but you are willing to do what it takes to achieve your goals.

Provides Clarity

Writing down your goals allows you to get very specific about what your goals are, how you’re going to reach them, and what timetable is involved. Who do you need to talk to? What action steps do you need to take?

Tracks Progress

Working towards your goals can be hard work, and you may feel discouraged and ready to give up. Reviewing your written goals can help you see how far you have come and what still needs to be done. Each step of progress is a reason to celebrate. Yes, it may be slow, but you are on the right path.

So get started today and get those goals on paper. It doesn’t have to be perfect, because you can always refine your goals along the way.