How to Create a Functional To-Do List

If you’re trying to be organized and get a lot of tasks done, then you likely have a to-do list. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your to-do list.


Write tasks down as they come up. If something comes up that you need to get done, add it to the list right away. Otherwise, you risk forgetting all about that task later. The purpose of the to-do list is to keep all your upcoming tasks organized, so don’t forget to add items to the list.

Organize lists by categories . Keep work tasks, housework, and schoolwork on separate lists, even if they’re in the same notebook or app on your phone. This will help you focus on the right tasks when you’re in the right setting. At the same time, if you think of something that needs to get done, you can still add it to the appropriate list.

Set deadlines for yourself. Otherwise, items might stay on your list for for a really long time and never get done. Write down how long you have until a task needs to be completed, or organize tasks based on importance. There are a few apps out there that can help you with these sorts of details, if that’s the way you choose to go.

Figure out a system and stick to it. Whether you prefer writing down tasks in a notebook, on a whiteboard, or using an app on your phone to keep everything organized, pick a system and stick to it. The best method is the one that works best for you and the one that you’re most likely to keep up with.

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