Oct 26, 2018
Episode 35 of The Teaching Space Podcast is all about how to use a to-do list PROPERLY!
We all know I like to geek out on productivity apps - this is not one of those episodes! Well, not entirely.
In today’s show we are focusing on how to use a to-do list properly, regardless of the method you use. OK there might be a bit of app talk, but I will keep it to a minimum.
Let’s get the app talk out the way first…
No. Pen and paper works fine.
But if you want an app, then there are lots of amazing ones on the market.
If you ARE going down the digital route: do you need a task management or project management app?
To understand your needs, analyse the work you need to organise.
At a guess: your work is probably project-based rather than task based. Example: if you have a pile of marking to do, the process has multiple tasks (each paper is a task). That means you have a project to complete. Which would suggest you need to go down the project management tool route.
However, you might find a task manager gives you enough flexibility if you set it up to suit your needs.
Test them out - see what you like.
Everything. I repeat, everything.
One of the main ways people fail at using a to-do list is they have tasks stored in multiple places. Examples: your head, your email inbox, sticky notes…
One of the main benefits of using a list is that you have everything in one place. Get things out of your head and inbox and put them on the list.
Once you have a clear idea on everything you need to do, you can start prioritising, planning and get organised.
Think of your calendar as your to-do list’s partner.
Everything that has a scheduled time should go on your calendar (meetings and appointments). There is no need to put them on your to-do list, as long as you look at your calendar and your list when you plan your day.
Consider allocating time to complete your tasks on your calendar.
SO MANY REASONS:
A non-digital option is bullet journalling.
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