When it comes to getting things done, sometimes the simple productivity methods are the best. Case in point: the to-do list. This handy tool keeps you on track by putting tasks top of mind . . . unless you're doing it wrong. Mistakes on your to-do list could be putting your workday in jeopardy, say experts.
If you're anything like me, your to-do list is filled with pressing tasks like "pick up prescription" right next to less time-sensitive undertakings, like "run consistently." Work to-dos mix with life to-dos; short term projects get listed under ambiguous goals that I don't want to forget about-it can get a bit unruly.
The purpose of this list is to know the tasks the are not important and are not worthwhile. There are a lot of things worthy of your time and getting rid of those unnecessary tasks will give you more time to complete more important tasks.
When feeling overwhelmed by the mountain of tasks ahead of you, sit down, take a breath, and write a to-do list. This isn't just a sneaky form of procrastination: Studies have shown that we're more likely to achieve our goals when we commit them to paper.