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11 Practical Tips for Finishing Your To-Do List Faster

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... is to maximize your productivity when you are working so that you can get more stuff done in shorter periods of time.

By working smarter, you'll find yourself with more time in th...

Find the to-do list app that work for you

The best one for you depends entirely on your working style and personal preferences.

You can use a physical notebook around everywhere you go, but it's easier to use a to-do list a...

Prepare in advance

Write out your to-do list the day before:

  • You'll free your time to dive right into your to-do list in the morning - one of the most productive times of day.
  • It can help yo...
Work stuff vs. personal stuff

Separate your work and personal to-do lists. You'll be more productive if you focus on work when you're at work and on life stuff when you're at home.

Keep multiple lists separated ...

Keep a "to-don't" list

Remove any items from your to-do list that you're not realistically going to do and put them on a "to-don't" list. 

That way, you aren't wasting any time on the things that don't reall...

It is a great way to collaborate, but it's also a great way to hold yourself accountable.

Having to share your to-do list with others in the first place will force you to spend some ti...

... and block time on your calendar for this.

It can be much easier to focus and get your work done quicker. Plus, it prevents others from setting up meetings with you during that time.

Batch similar tasks

... and put them in the same time frame.

Perpetually shifting your focus between different tasks can add up to a whole lot of wasted time. Shifting between tasks causes temporary mental ba...

Physically remove distractions

Notifications, phone calls, and noise in the office can make it much harder to get through your to-do list quickly.

Remove those temptations by physically removing stuff like notificat...

Work in sprints, followed by periods of rest.

The Pomodoro Technique is all about taking advantage of our natural rhythms of energy and fatigue: You work in 90-minute intervals, fol...

Reward yourself

Try using a rewards system: Once you knock three items off your list, or once you finish a particularly grueling task, you can allow yourself to check Twitter, eat a snack, or go to the gym....

The "dead battery countdown"

Bring your laptop with you to a remote location without your computer charger, and aim to get your to-do list done by the time you leave

This is a way of gamifying your productivity,...

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