The Best Way to Start on Your To-do List Right Now

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  1. Emily Leary says:

    I’m also an avid list maker. Fortunately my lists are quite well organised so I usually know which things to prioritise but sometimes that list just seems to get longer and longer!

    • awaitressnomore says:

      Hi Emily,

      That’s awesome. That’s typically why I try and keep things separate on how much I can handle that day and what doesn’t need to be done immediately. It’s an effort. That’s for sure!

  2. Alison Rost says:

    This is a great guide for becoming more productive. I think a to-do list is important no matter what technique works for you. I usually keep a journal to keep track of all my tasks.

  3. Kristi Ann says:

    This is great! Sometimes I reward myself first and then it never gets done….oops!
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  4. Creating the to do list is easy its the actual doing part that is hard. This post was so good. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I live by my to-do-list – to be honest I would lost without them. You shared some good tips to get people started.

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  6. Ayana says:

    Sigh, I need to follow the steps in this list for sure!! I love writing stuff down but it often gets written down all over the place and then forgotten. I have a planner that I use but not really for to do lists daily. Mostly for big events and appointments. I can’t handle list making apps and stuff, they get forgotten too lol.
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    • awaitressnomore says:

      Hi Ayana, I was definitely the same way before I started using Evernote regularly. I would have written it on my BF’s forehead if he had let me.

  7. Sarah says:

    I’m like you – I can’t use electronic lists. I have paper lists everywhere, and try to keep my lists in the same areas as the tasks I need to complete. I love the idea of keeping them all in one place!

    • awaitressnomore says:

      Hi Sarah,

      Yeah, I’m okay with electronic lists, but for some reason, I just can’t keep an electronic schedule. I’m glad my tips were helpful!

  8. Know your limits, prioritise and rewarding self are key – great tips that I will be taking onboard for sure x

  9. Elizabeth O says:

    You provided so many great tips here on how to get motivation and start your to-do list. I am a write it down in a real life diary person too. Electronic lists are hard to get on with.

  10. Ithfifi says:

    This is so me! I love making to-do lists, so much so that I write one every evening for the next day. It helps me stay on track and achieve everything on the list. I’ve had days with no lists and I kind of end up in that situation watching videos on youtube too. I need a little control and my lists help me do that, by the evening when everything is ticked off then I can do whatever I want, thats my reward!
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    • awaitressnomore says:

      I love it! I start off writing lists each morning, but I do want to give evenings a try to see if it works better for me. Experimentation time!

  11. Preet says:

    These are some great ideas and tips to get started on the to-do list. Pomodoro technique sounds like something I need to implement myself. I am working on creating my own personal corner where I can feel comfortable and motivated.
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  12. John says:

    I am an avid list maker. Sometimes my list is even a list of all the lists I need to write down lol so thanks for sharing this! 🙂

  13. Cindy says:

    I love the Pomodoro technique! I use it for a lot of things including getting up and taking walk breaks.

  14. Love the Pomodoro technique!
    And I’m drowning in sticky-note lists here, so thank you for your detailed method 🙂
    I’ll make sure to be more organized with mine!

    • awaitressnomore says:

      Yes! I was so guilty of being sticky-note obsessed. I just found them super hard to keep up with and it ended up taking more time to figure out what I needed to do than actually doing them.

  15. Elizabeth says:

    managing my to-do list for work is so hard! i’ll definitely use some of these tips.

  16. Ching says:

    I am ALL ABOUT making lists. I use to keep all my tasks in my head, but I realize that when I write it down, it makes it a reality for me. plus it seems less intimidating. Taking breaks is a must. just walk away to clear your mind. it really helps!
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    • awaitressnomore says:

      Yes! I find that I forget a lot of things if I don’t write a list. Plus, I feel like my brain is just so cluttered with all the different to-dos floating around my head.

  17. Joanna says:

    I actually do like to make to-do lists and I find it that when I do, I am much more productive then when I don’t. I find it much easier to complete the tasks when they are written down, even if they are just bullet points.

    • awaitressnomore says:

      I find writing lists super cathartic. If I don’t write a list I either feel like I’m not accomplishing anything or I forget things I need to do and think I’m done.

  18. Nati says:

    Really amazing tips! When I was a working student I used the pomodoro technique because I only had few hours a day to study and needed to make the most of them! Now I put times next to my to do list (or deadlines) so I don’t procrastinate 😉
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    • awaitressnomore says:

      Hi Nati,

      Putting times on your schedule sounds like a great way to stay on top of things and make sure you’re not running behind. I’ll have to try that out. One of the things that still gets me is once I start I get carried away with what I’m doing and lose track of time. Working with the Pomodoro technique or using timelines really helps me from getting carried away with whatever I’m doing.

  19. Just retweeted your post it is extremely helpful to those struggling with being organised. I personally don’t like electronic list either writing things down is better for me. I plan to use this post to get organised over the weekend.

    • awaitressnomore says:

      Hi Taslyn,

      Thank you! I’m glad it’s helpful. Good luck getting organized. I’m a fiend at pinning organization tips on Pinterest, lol! I can’t wait until I get a house that I can organize more effectively.

  20. Rosalie says:

    These are some great tips! I’m struggling with keeping to a schedule. Thanks for sharing x

  21. Rachel says:

    Good advice to do the hardest thing first – I often avoid doing this and it means it gets left on the list!

  22. Esme Sy says:

    These are all proven and effective, I guarantee it. The last part is where I’m lacking at. I seem to miss out the fact that I need rest and reward, I just continue to cycle throughout the stages and/or phases. I get things done, yes, but little by little I find myself looking for more.

  23. darthzannah5 says:

    I didn’t know Evernote had a list option! I’ve used it for school for years and it was great to have a digital notebook, and having all my lists together will be even better! Thank you for explaining how it works!

  24. I am all about lists! When I need to buckle down and get something done a liat is where I get started. It works wonders and totally helps me keep on track. Love the awesome advice hun ♡

    • awaitressnomore says:

      Hi Sara,

      Thanks, so much. I get a super, special happiness inside when I check things off, haha. Without them, I feel like I’m not doing anything even if I spend the whole day running errands.

  25. jossy says:

    This are some great tips i am really going to pick up. being a procrastinator after listing down many to dos. Thanks for sharing this. Really insightful

  26. kumamonjeng says:

    I always wanted to know how to get my “to do list” done up on time, this is a great post. Not only the article is details, it also show you the step by step method to get our task done and achieve our goal. I love the final tips on rewarding. I guess this is the best part and I will look for it every time I completed my task. It will get me motivated too!

  27. Nicole Vick says:

    I need to get into Evernote. It’s on my computer but I never use it! Also, I love the pomodoro technique! I might have to try it at work!

    • awaitressnomore says:

      I’ve found it’s useful in everything. I just make sure to keep my work notes in their own notebook otherwise I start to stress if I see them at home when I’m doing personal stuff.

  28. So appreciate the motivation to get going and get my list completed. Sometimes it just gets over whelming. The Pomodoro method is something I applied in college and it’s so great to be reminded that I can apply it to my to do list too.
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  29. Daisy says:

    These are tips I need to follow for sure…. I’m great about making lists but then…. I sort of forget about them … I would really like to be more organized:)

    • awaitressnomore says:

      Hi Daisy,

      Yeah, the biggest thing that helped me was having all my lists in one place. I swear I had them on every writing surface possible.

  30. Margaret says:

    These are all such great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  31. The to do list I am the king of list and paperwork I am so glad that I am not the only one. To do list help me to be super productive I will definitely have to engage in some of your mentioned techniques to better myself

  32. I love this post. I live by to-do lists! They keep me on track I don’t know what I’d do without them.

  33. Becca Talbot says:

    My to-do lists are always sooooo long, and I often struggle with prioritising what’s important and what’s not 🙁 so all this advice is really useful for me – gonna see if I can put some of it into practice! x

  34. Such a great tips. I too cant do without my do list. It works wonder for me and keeps me on the track.

  35. Jenny says:

    Its so hard to have to do lists and stick with them when you hsve small kids and run a business. Life is so unpredictable at times.

    • awaitressnomore says:

      I totally agree. Running my blog while working full-time definitely makes me have to be flexible. The biggest thing I’ve done to help myself with that is pick 4 things I have to do and if the others don’t get done it’s not the end of the world. But when you have kids who skin their knee or a sponsored blog emergency you gotta be able to go with the flow 🙂

  36. I make lists to make lists. Now my babies are making lists. I love planning and planners
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  37. Tiffany Yong says:

    Yes, I’m so glad I’m doing most of what you advise! I make point form list and break some of them down to make it easier to complete. Also, I like cancelling off the ones I complete as it give a sense of achievement!
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    • awaitressnomore says:

      I completely agree with the thrill of getting to check them off! Lovely to meet a fellow list organizer enthusiast!

  38. I should really use your tips for I’m living in the constant chaos of being disorganised. No kidding, to-do lists scare me. My main problem, though, is that I don’t like my work area at all (and it’s not up to me to change it yet), and I’m also far too ready to reward myself. Ah, I need to learn self-discipline, and use a list. Thanks for sharing, it’s given me an inspiration to sort out my schedule!

    • awaitressnomore says:

      I hated to-do lists at first, but I found they helped with my anxiety and lessened my workload because I was actually getting things done. It’s like starting any habit I think. Give it 30 days and you’ll find it’s so much easier. And maybe you’ll get a tiny thrill each time you check things off too!

  39. DuaaShehzadKhan says:

    I love these tips! Surely going do to implement. Thank you Jen! 💙

  40. I really love all these tips. And big thanks for sharing all with us.

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