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What to Do if Your To Do List isn't Working

Bright Idea Card In my most recent post about personal productivity, a good point was brought up. "I can create the to do list, but I never look at it again."

If you're like me, you have created a "to do list" and it's L O N G. Now, what?

First: you have to schedule the tasks that need to be done on a scheduler you will actually use.

I use ACT and jot down back up notes in a A-A-Glance week at a glance paper calendar.

Second: you have to look at your schedule to know what to do next.

Third: You have to do the tasks you've scheduled and check them off.

Here's the secret. Checking off the to do's you've completed keeps you motivated, looking at your schedule and feeling productive.

Yep, I know, it sounds hokey that a simple step like checking off a task would make you feel more productive.

All I can tell you is try it and then come back and comment on how it works.

I also use a secret tool to help me establish what needs to be done. It's from Mark Joyner and it's called Simple.ology.

Try it and gain better direction on what needs to be done in the first place.