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Saturday, July 21, 2012


It can feel very overwhelming to look at a page long to-do list.  Where to start?  How do I decide what order to complete tasks?  Why even bother?  But luckily there is a simple way to help your to-do list stress subside...categorize your list.  To the right, you will see an actual to-do list I created when I hosted Thanksgiving dinner for 27 people in my home nearly 2 years ago.  Rather than simply listing everything that needed to be done, I broke tasks down in categories like "House," "Food," "IKEA," "Basement," and "Crafts."  These categories helped me feel less crazy when I thought of everything that needed to be done.  I could choose to complete tasks from different categories each day (such as food, house & crafts) or knock out an entire category in one fell swoop (with a trip to IKEA for instance.)  

You don't have to be planning a huge family event to utilize categorizing effectively with your to-do list.  Try it out next time you clean your house.  Divide list by room and list tasks to be done.  Or perhaps choose tasks to be done as your categories (Vacuuming, Dusting, Mopping) and list the rooms where those tasks should be done under the category.  Or try it at work by listing tasks like "Phone Calls to Return" or "Bills to Pay".  Try a couple of different methods to find what works best with your style.  

In July I will be focusing on To-Do List Tips here at Simple Solutions.  Check back for more ideas on how to be productive without feeling overwhelmed.