How To Manage Your “To-Do” lists?

by Firas Steitiyeh on January 8, 2010

This is the 2nd part of the previous post “How to achieve your 2010 goals?” which I consider an important part for one to achieve her/his goals; managing a To-Do list and how to kill items within a list.

Where can you find my “To-Do” Lists?

I have to admit, that I have problems with killing items off my lists, and as I said earlier, I am a goal-oriented person rather than being task-oriented. But the problem is sometimes you need to pressure yourself with some tasks in order to get the job done. Therefore I tend to use each and every available tool that will help me kill the tasks off my list.

1- iPhone notes

I just write down all the stuff that I have to do along with any notes or comments to each task. I regularly check my iPhone notes and kill some of the items off it, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any items that live for more than 2 or 3 months or even more.

2- Force Do

ForceDo.com is a very cool To-Do list manager. This one page, web app really helped and continues to help in killing items off my lists. I just set it as my homepage across the browsers I use, and whenever I open a browser, I find all the pending tasks which beg me to be done, right in front of my face!

3- Post-it notes

Yeah, this image is how my laptop’s screen looks like! I think I reached a level of blindness to those notes hanging all over my screen! I just don’t feel like killing these old tasks, or I might have killed them but never removed its note.

4- Calendar reminders

I add the tasks that I think should REALLY be done very soon, to my calendar and set alarms and reminders to make me aware that I still have tasks and items on my lists that should be killed!

5- Mind mapping

Yeah, I love drawing maps of my thoughts and the things I should do, although I end up with a huge map that contains irrelevant items, but it makes me feel so good and it inspires me, it really does!

6- Whiteboards and Notepads

Nothing is better than old school items! Sketching on notepads and whiteboards! I just love writing down everything I have to do. The best part is when I get any of the tasks done, I scratch it aggressively and happily as well.

I don’t think I can tell you how to achieve your goals or to kill items off your task lists, since this issue depends on YOU and the nature of the task itself. No one can tell you how to get your things done better than YOU! Just make sure that you set goals and deadlines to achieve them or at least work hard on achieving them and I guarantee you that you will be getting the feedback and results you are looking for.

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