7 Steps to Achieving Your Never-Ending Task List

By Moonisah Ali, Account Coordinator

Sometimes our to-do lists can feel like those unnecessarily long receipts you get at Walgreens after buying a pack of gum: overwhelming and you just don’t know where to start.

Agency life (or just general work life) can throw you for a loop thanks to the variety of clients that come your way. Different projects, variating deadlines, and different tasks all at once can easily become daunting. Luckily, there are a few simple ways to make sure you strategically get through your task list!

  1. Purge. Review the week, and write down everything you know you need to do. This might make you a little anxious, but trust the process! You’ll have a clearer view of everything that’s on your plate.
  2. Learn how you work. Tailor your organizational style to you. If you are a tactile person (like me) and need a physical pen and paper to write down what you need to complete – do it! If an electronic list on your phone makes the most sense to you – use it!
  3. Where to start? Conquer the easily accomplished tasks first. Now that you’ve got your neatly organized to-do list that makes the most sense to you, it’s time to get started. Choose three tasks that you can conquer quickly and easily. Look at this as a “warm-up” to your more time-consuming tasks.
  4. Keep it simple. You might want to invest in programs that help keep you organized and that’s okay! But keeping it simple (like a pen and dedicated notebook) may be the best way to prevent multiple to-do lists in multiple places and feeling like you don’t know what’s going on.
  5. Set calendar reminders. Schedule reminders for your “hard deadline” to-dos. As much as we would all like to have a photographic memory and never forget all of the important details around us – we don’t. But we do have our phones fully equipped with a calendar app!
  6. Take breaks. If you feel like you are hitting a wall while getting through a task, take a breath, take a walk, or take a stretch! If you’re typically in an office setting and sitting 80% of the time, physical aches can become mental blocks. Getting a breath of fresh air, stretching stagnant muscles, and moving around helps increase blood flow and can get you back into your mental flow.

Taking the time to organize your to-do list and create a plan of action makes it all the easier to get through your task list. Happy accomplishing!

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