Are you feeling overwhelmed because you never get your daily tasks complete? At the end of the day, do you feel defeated and wonder “what did I do today?”?
To Do List are such an important part of many people’s daily lives. In this day and time it’s almost impossible to not use one to manage the day.
Many people do live their lives by their To Do List and still some have problems keeping the tasks organized and prioritized.
Upwork, the largest international freelancing website, provides some very important tips to their customers and employees on how to strategically plan their To Do List.
These tips promote success and meeting deadlines:
- Gather all tasks and put in writing
We all have multiple tasks we need to handle each day and throughout the week. Write each one down and assemble them accordingly.
- Prepare night before – have it ready to start the day
Having this list prepared the night before will actually give you a sense of direction for the next day.
Of course it goes without saying, perform the most important ones. They need to be handled quickly and efficiently.
- Start more difficult and time consuming ones early
If possible the ones requiring more energy are probably best handled first thing in the morning. Since energy levels are higher in the morning these tasks can typically get finished quicker.
- Keep one list in one place – don’t scatter in several places
Having lists in several places can become less efficient. Only using one place whether it is on the smart phone, on a writing pad, or in a To Do journal can promote more efficiency and organization.
- Set deadlines and time constraints
Deadlines with time elements provide a sense of focus and organization. Setting times for each task with time started and time ending promotes more realistic timeframes.
- Evaluate throughout the day
Not everything will happen as planned. Adjustments will need to be made most of the time. Be prepared for adjustments and have a backup plan.
- Delegate if necessary
If the timeframe for an important goal is not working, perhaps delegating can solve the issue. Another person can pitch in and help out.
- Compartmentalize when necessary
Many tasks can be done with the same tools and same time. If this happens
tackle these together.
- Break large task into smaller pieces
If the task is very large and overwhelming, break into smaller pieces and work separately. Many times this allows the goals to be met sooner.
Upwork provides a platform for freelance business professionals to connect remotely with potential employers. Freelancers are able to set and negotiate their rates and Upwork receives a certain cut of their fees.
It was originally Elance oDesk founded in 1999. Elance was then rebranded to Upwork in 2015.
Upwork provides services for businesses of all sizes. These services include web development, web design, copywriting, virtual assistants, customer service, sales and marketing, accounting etc.