The Perfect To Do List

‘Procrastination is the enemy of progress’- Thomas Sowell

When you have targets to hit and goals to achieve, the easiest thing to do is to leave it until tomorrow, but that won’t help you progress. Here at Futures Recruitment Services, we recommend writing a To Do List of things that you need to complete during the day. Whilst it is easy to write a list, the harder part is structuring the list so that you can work efficiently and to the best of your ability. Here we have written the most important factors to take into consideration whilst you are writing your list of things to do.

Start with what is most urgent and important. If you know that you have a project that is due in a few hours time, or a call to make to someone important then put this at the top of your list. Projects that come at the top of your list should be the ones you know need to be done, regardless of what else is on the list. Time is a big factor when it comes to prioritizing. Firstly in the sense that if you need to do something quickly then you should focus on that but secondly if you have a task that is going to take a few moments then then you should get this completed as it can then be ticked off as completed. Whilst at work you may find that certain tasks will be of more value to you then others, and if you know a task is going to make you more money, or reap better benefits then this is a task that should be prioritised.

Structure your list by writing times that you plan to do each task, and roughly how long you think each task is going to take you. This means you can foresee what needs to be done and this will help to structure your day too. You may also find that you need to schedule in some spare time to be filled with unforeseen tasks, as you will most likely find that new tasks are thrown at you as the day progresses. Whilst the most important tasks do come at the top of your list, remember that even the tasks at the bottom of the list need to be completed at some point, so don’t ignore these once you’re done with the top level tasks.

Most important of all, be realistic. You have to be honest with yourself on how much you can actually do. It is also very important that you do not over tire and over work yourself too much - you are only human and wearing yourself too thin will only make it harder for you to work. If there is a task ahead of you that is too much and you are going to struggle to complete it in one sitting then break it up into sections. Try doing a part in the afternoon and a part in the morning or splitting it up into several days. Remember that there is only one you, and if you do end up burning yourself out to the point where you can no longer focus then you won’t be able to do any work at all.

These are all the tools to help you move forward, but at the end of the day you are the one that needs to put them into action, so find a way that works for you. Everyone is different and will find different things useful when it comes to progress and pushing yourself. If you do find yourself struggling, then look back over this list and see if it helps or give the team at Futures Recruitment Services a call - we are here to help you find a job role but we are also on hand to give advice and help you in anyway possible so don’t be afraid to call us on 01243 839286.

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