# 3 The Most Effective “to do” Lists Look Like This

Make your list work for you. Don’t make your list give you more thinking and planning to do. Check the example.

DON’T make a list like this

• Dishes
• Things for tomorrow
• Library
• Look for Christmas Gift
• Post office

Always have a clear action to take.

Make a list like this

• Wash dishes
• Prepare clothes for tomorrow
• Study at Library
• Buy Mom Christmas gift
• Go to post office and mail gift

BUT, there’s more.

Always put times frames next to the items on your “to do” list

When you put the amount of time an item will take, it makes it easier to see what it will really take to accomplish your goal. This is something you should do as practice. Here is an example.

Look at the difference

A “to do” list WITH OUT time frames

• Wash dishes
• Prepare clothes for tomorrow
• Study at Library
• Buy Mom Christmas gift
• Go to post office and mail gift

A “to do” list WITH frames

• Wash dishes – 20mins
• Prepare clothes for tomorrow – 15mins
• Study at Library – 45mins
• Buy Mom her Christmas gift – 1hr
• Go to post office and mail gift – 1hr

What do you notice about the two lists?

With the first list it might seem like the person has a lot to do. Looking at the second list, all the items will take 3hrs and 20mins, give or take a few minutes. When you add times next to your list it creates clarity and also helps in making an easier choice in what you choose to do. Also, in seeing the times, there will be things you can do that you thought would be a daunting task. While at the same time, there will be other items that you will realize you may not be able to do, when you thought you could.