Make Your To-Do List Work

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To-do lists can be lifesavers when it comes to managing your work. But sometimes they’re nothing more than a list of things you never get to. Here are three tips for making them better:

  • Bucket the work. Categorize items in a way that makes sense for you. Group them by project or difficulty level (e.g. put all the “easy” tasks in one area so you can easily knock them off when you have time). Give each bucket its own column.
  • Pick the right medium. You should enjoy looking at and interacting with your to-do list. Use a notebook you love or a well-designed and easy-to-use app.
  • Rewrite the list. Every few days create a new list, transferring unfinished tasks from the old one. This will help you keep it organized and in the right order of priority.

Adapted from the Guide to Getting the Right Work Done.

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When entrepreneurs learn to prioritize, their to-do-lists work better. To help them prioritize, they should be able to use data analytic tools to gauge them to identify business priorities. Such tools can be accessed online and free.