Did you know that organization gives us more energy and even helps us sleep better at night?
A good checklist is one of the best ways to keep yourself organized whenever you feel overwhelmed. It gives you the chance to see everything you need to get done in a way that makes those tasks easier to accomplish. Plus, you’ll never accidentally forget to do something!
If you’ve never made a checklist before, keep reading. We’ll teach you how to make a checklist that’s customizable for any situation!
Figure Out the Purpose
The first thing to do is to figure out what you need out of your checklist. Is it a situational project, like a moving checklist? Do you need a weekly checklist to help keep all your responsibilities in order?
Once you know the checklist’s purpose, it’s easier to organize your tasks later on.
Write Down All Tasks
The next step when making a checklist is to write down any tasks that you want to accomplish. Write down anything that pops into your mind.
Even if it’s a minor thing that you can accomplish in five minutes, write it down. This gives you a chance to expel all of these thoughts and allows you to relax. Instead of needing to remember all of these things, they’re written down for easy reference.
It’s always a good idea when building checklists to keep a brain dump notebook with you. Whenever a new task comes into your life, write it down here so that you can organize it later.
Group Similar Tasks Together
Once you have all of your tasks in front of you, now’s the time to organize them. The easiest way when making checklists is to group all of the similar tasks with one another.
Make a header for each category on your list. For instance, make a cleaning category for all of your house chores. Then fill in all of the tasks that suit this category so that they’re easier to find and don’t get lost among other tasks. This is a great strategy for situational checklists.
If you’re making a weekly checklist, this is when you’d divide your list into days of the week and slot in these tasks per day.
Keep Everything Manageable
When you’re writing down your tasks, it’s useful to write down how long you expect to spend on each task. This gives you a much better idea of how to manage your time and energy.
It’s easy to write down everything in one big project but you’ll get disappointed when you’re unable to complete everything on your list. Try to give yourself enough time to complete your tasks and spread each project out over several days if necessary.
Knowing How to Make a Checklist Gives You More Control Over Your Life
Now that you know how to make a checklist, you’ll find that the stress in your life isn’t quite as overwhelming. You’ll have an easy way to keep track of all the tasks you need to accomplish in a way that keeps it manageable.
Plus, crossing off those tasks as you complete them is a satisfying sensation!
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