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How to take control of your to-do list by understanding how they fail

Are you constantly creating to-do lists just to eventually abandon them or keep on postponing the completion date? According to this Life Hacker blog post 41% of the to-do items are never completed. This might be a conservative estimate.

The silver lining is, when you’re creating to-do lists it means you know their importance and you are worried about managing your work and time well and you want to keep track of what you’re completing and what you are not completing. A well-prepared to-do list can help you organize your tasks and keep you focused on your goals.

The above-mentioned link also talks about how you can make sure that you are able to tick off most of the items in your to-do this by understanding how most of the lists fail. Some of the highlights are:

  • Creating too many to-do lists: This not just causes confusion it also stops you from concentrating on your priorities. Keep your to-do list to the minimum so that you’re focusing on the most important tasks rather than beating around the bush.
  • Creating to-do lists sans a clear idea: You should create to-do lists for the tasks you have clear idea of. It shouldn’t be a list of things that you should be doing, it should be a list of things that you can do in the near future and you would like to keep a track of them.
  • Giving too much time to individual tasks: Remember that you create a to-do list to complete your tasks so that you can make room for other things, rather than only focusing on those tasks. To create shorter deadlines and define your tasks accordingly. Inversely, divide bigger tasks into smaller ones so that you can reduce the time involved.

Check out the original blog post for more insight into how you can control your to-do list by eliminating the failure factors.