The First Thing To Do

As we say goodbye (and good riddance) to 2020, it’s time to think about tackling the next 12 months.

Our list of things to do is ever-growing, and sometimes it feels like it never shrinks. But how do you make sure you remember to do what needs to be done?

My number one tip is - Write it down....

If you don’t already use a to do list, start a new habit to capture everything you need to do. This is something I’ve talked about in my podcast and it makes perfect sense.

There is so much going on in our lives; work, family, pleasure, hobbies, that it’s impossible to keep on top of everything that needs to be done. I’d be lost without my to-do list.

No - I wouldn’t be lost, I’d just forget to do stuff!

Using a to-do list doesn’t have to be difficult. You don't have to use technology.

Keeping a pad and pen handy for writing down notes is just as good, if not as convenient.

As soon as I know there is a task for me to do, I capture it using an app. It’s quick, simple and means I won’t forget about it. Each day, I will review all the tasks and decide when they need to be done.

As well as just making sure I have got the task written down somewhere, one benefit of an app is to help you to keep things in order, compartmentalising your tasks for various things; e.g. work, a home project, a shopping list, hobby, along with the added functionality of notifications to remind you when it’s time to do something.

There are many apps on the market, but the one I’ve been using for the last couple of years is Todoist. I have this app in the dock on my iPhone and it’s open on my MacBook; so it’s never far to jot down what I need to do.

If I need to add more details, then I can also add notes to the tasks.

Todoist also offers integrations with other apps too, which also helps speed up the capture process.

For example, I use Spark Mail for my emails, and if I need to take action on an email, I can quickly send it to Todoist, where it contains a link back to the actual email.

I use Fantastical as my calendar, and I can see my tasks in there too. It’s a two-way synchronisation, which means I can add tasks and they sync to Todoist, or I can mark them as complete in my calendar and that syncs back as well. This is also available with Google Calendar too.

You can read more about Todoist here

Using a task manager has been crucial for remembering what I need to do.

Remember - The first thing to do is write it down. Capture everything you need to do and that will free your mind to continue the work you need to do. You'll be amazed at how organised you become.

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