4 CRE­ATE YOUR CATEGORIES

Men's Fitness - - Updates -

The value of hav­ing a sin­gle todo list is clear. The down­side is that look­ing at a long list of your tasks can seem over­whelm­ing. This is where good struc­ture comes in: by cat­e­goris­ing, you will avoid be­ing dis­tracted by see­ing tasks that you’re not in­ter­ested in deal­ing with right now, and it will be eas­ier to con­cen­trate on the task ahead.

Where do you need to phys­i­cally be in or­der to do the task? How long will the task take to com­plete? When does the task need to be com­pleted by? For ex­am­ple, if 20% of your tasks can be done dur­ing your com­mute, you will only be look­ing at a fifth of the whole list when you check it on the train.

Dig­i­tal to-do list tools let you cat­e­gorise tasks by check­ing a box or us­ing la­bels or tags. If your to-do list is in a phys­i­cal for­mat, you can use writ­ten sym­bols, split your notebook into sec­tions us­ing tabs or di­viders, or sim­ply use high­lighter pens. Start by choos­ing just one way to cat­e­gorise your to-do tasks, and add more categories grad­u­ally – oth­er­wise you will per­ceive this method as dif­fi­cult and com­pli­cated, and go back to re­mem­ber­ing things in­stead of writ­ing them down (be­cause “it’s just faster that way”).

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