5 Ways to Simplify Your To-Do List

It can be challenging to find a good, organized way to keep track of everything you need to do. If you’re in school, you need to keep track of upcoming assignments and projects as well as your daily schedule. Not to mention, you probably have a job and possibly other responsibilities. If you’re living on your own and working full-time, you probably have to keep track of all your bills and your budget.

There are so many responsibilities, dates, and tasks of which you likely need to keep track, no matter what your current situation might be. So I’ve put together a few tips that should help you simplify your to-do list and stay organized about what needs to get done.

Do the small things right away. If it takes two minutes or less, go ahead and get it done. Then you won’t have to worry about it anymore, and it won’t really be that inconvenient for you. If you have a few items you need to put away, do it instead of adding “Clean bedroom” to your list of chores.

Create a schedule and routine. If you consistently do the same chores and errands on the same day of the week, eventually it’ll become a habit, and you won’t have to put much thought into it. Also, this will help you get things done more smoothly. For example, consistently doing laundry on the same day of the week ensures that you always have clean clothes ready to go.

Set reminders for yourself. If you have a tendency to forget about certain errands you need to run or appointments you need to go to, set alarms reminding you of these details. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. It just needs to be something that reminds you with enough time for you to get wherever it is you need to go.

Keep everything in one place. Don’t use a planner, a calendar, and a couple apps on your phone to keep track of everything that needs to get done. Choose a system that is concise and doesn’t force you to have to think about where you might have written down the time of that meeting. The less places you store information, the more organized you’ll be.

If your system doesn’t work, try something else. Don’t stick to something that isn’t working. These tips can help you get more organized, but there are other methods and habits that might work better for you. So if something isn’t working, switch it up until you find the method that helps you stay organized consistently.

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