How do you create your To-Do list?

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I still haven’t figured out the best way to organize my To-Do list. How do you organize yours?

I’m not just talking about the apps that you use. I’m talking more about the process in which you lay out what you need to do each day or each week.

I use Trello to organize all of my projects, tasks, and ideas. It’s very visual and flexible, and has everything I need to stay on top of all of the tasks that I need to complete.

But when it comes to those tasks making it to my daily or weekly To-Do list in a way that I get the most done, that’s where things sometimes fall off.

I just haven’t found the right process to stay as productive as I can on a daily or weekly basis.

I’ve tried creating a “Today’s To-Do” board on Trello, and listing only the tasks that I need to do that day. That seemed to work for a while, but it didn’t help me see the bigger picture of what needed to be done that week. And there would be times where a larger task due that week wouldn’t make it to my daily to-do list until the day before it was due, when it was pretty much too late.

I’ve also tried creating a “Weekly To-Do” board that had a list for each day of the week, and the tasks due each day. In this case, I would overload each day with too many tasks that I couldn’t accomplish in time. Thus, I would move the incomplete tasks back each day. This would actually be pretty discouraging, as my Friday would have a list of 10-20 tasks that I didn’t get done, and probably won’t.

So I’m trying something new. I am going to create a “Weekly To-Do” board, but instead of having a list for each day of the week, I am just going to have the typical “To-Do,” “Doing,” and “Done” lists. Then for each day, I am going to input and assign a specific time slot for each task into my Google Calendar.

I think this may provide a balance between daily and weekly To-Dos, and put more of a time structure around each task. This will also help me schedule my day around meetings and calls and makes sure that I’m not overloading my To-Do list for each day.

I’ll report back in a week or so to see how this works.

How do you create your to-do lists? What are the process and tools that you use to stay organized each day? Talk to me in the comments!

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