Life is busy. With home and work constantly requiring attention, it is often hard to figure out what to tackle first and how to balance it all. Making a to-do list can be helpful.
While the simple act of writing up a to-do list is the first step, it is not the only step. Tracking your list helps keep you on task and provides an additional level of accountability. If you use a pen and paper list, crossing tasks off or checking them off is a great way to visually manage your to-do list.
Task prioritization is a way to organize tasks and is especially relevant because it allows you to focus on what’s important. It also allows you to allocate a sufficient amount of time to each task on your to-do list, and to make any changes to the list to save time and increase productivity.
Tasks can be categorized on separate lists, and you can create one list for work and one for home. Categorizing work or home tasks can be as simple as color-coding tasks by type or as involved as creating individual task categories and breaking those down by deadlines.
Deadlines are important because they help clarify how to order tasks and are an essential organizational tool. Those tasks due first should be listed at the top of the list, and as deadlines shift or change, shift them on the to-do list as well.