Hack your to-do list in 4 simple steps

Does this sound familiar? You get through most of your work day only to realize you’ve spent most of it focused on one or two tasks on the long list of goals you set out to do. The to-do list is one thing productive minds everywhere have been trying to master. At the end of the day, you’ve got to do what works best for you. The most important thing to remember when making your to-do list first thing in the morning is prioritization.

Before you begin, think about the more difficult tasks you need done and put them at the top of the priority list. Getting the hard stuff out the way will make the end of the day seem like a breeze, plus you’ll meet whatever deadlines are set. Filtering your list by priority also gives you a snapshot of what needs to be done versus what you’ve already conquered for the day. That means less stress and more things getting done!

How to hack your list

Draw two lines to create four boxes on a single sheet of paper or in your notebook. Give yourself enough lines in each box depending on your workload. Starting in the top-left box, write Priority. Follow suite in the top-right box with Secondary. The bottom two rows are for the list of emails you need to answer or create, then a miniature list for things you must do the following day. See the example below.

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