Daily Writing #63: Genius way of organizing your to-do-lists

Life has a tendency to bear us down.

Often we start our day thinking we will do a number of things today but towards the end of the day, that is seldom the result. We don’t do what we want or what we should do but only what is urgent. We only respond, to everything that comes before us. Thus we end up playing defense all day long without ever having the time to step back and think.

The answer to the above problem is having a to-do list. Everybody has heard about them. But how do you make one correctly? Do you simply list out the tasks which you must do? or is there a better way to do that?

New way of organizing your to-do lists

I read this from James Clear newsletter. And he read that on Twitter.

Here is that original tweet.

I never thought about the to-do lists this way. Instead of simply writing out the list of tasks that you need to do the next day, think a little and organize them according to the above way.

It will be a lot easier to accomplish the tasks and divide your time amongst them.

Things you have to do

Under this heading, you can list out all the tasks that you absolutely must do tomorrow but may or may not necessarily like to do.

The tasks can be your job-related activities, all the tasks not directly related to you but still important like, tasks related to your family, chores, laundry, preparing food, etc.

The tasks with a deadline can also be listed here.

Things you want to do

Under here you can include all the tasks that you want to do. These are the tasks that you will love to do any day or anytime.

These can be activities that you love too. This may include exercise, your daily writing, or daily goal tasks, your learning objectives, your side hustle tasks, etc.

Things other people want you to do

These are the tasks that you absolutely hate to do.

This will be different for everyone according to their lifestyle and way of living, etc.

Events that you must attend, reports that you need to write which you know are boring but yet needs to be done, endure talking to a family member that you don’t like, etc.

There can be a million ways of organizing things. This is just one of those ways to do a to-do list.

Let me know in the comments if you know of some other ways to do this.

I write daily here on my blog. There is no limit to the word count. I am not focusing on any topic here. I want to build a daily writing habit. This is Day 63 of the Daily Writing Challenge in 2022.

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