Tackle It Tuesday – Implementing your To Do List

by Susan

Tackle It Tuesday

Jennifer with her familyToday we have the last edition of our Three Part Tackle Series with Jennifer Tankersley, founder of ListPlanIt.com.

Last week Jennifer helped us plan our Tackle in Part 2 of this series. Today, Jennifer shows us how to implement our tackles and to-do lists and shares a free downloadable weekly to-do list template for implementing your to-do list.

Join us and our guest tackler Jennifer… and remember to check out her first two tackles if you missed them.

Implementing your To Do List

So you have a To Do List….now what? Many people are overwhelmed by the size of their list. They quit using it before they can even find satisfaction in marking things “done”.

If getting things done simply required a written To Do List, then we might all be considered organizing geniuses. Unfortunately, it takes more than that. It takes concentration, hard work, and determination to then cross off tasks. Accomplishing your To Dos can be done much more efficiently when you’ve taken steps to develop a system. Here are some things to consider when attempting to implement your To Do List.
 

  • Identify your optimal conditions.
    We can’t always have the perfect conditions when we work. However, if you have isolated the best time of day to focus and the tools generally required for the tasks at hand, then you will recognize the conditions for your greatest productivity.
     
  • Find your motivation.
    What motivates you for this task? Does it help you along in your career? Will it provide a benefit to you and your family? Are you helping a friend? Decide if the motivation to accomplish this task is worthwhile. It if is not, then consider either placing it further down on the priority list or disregarding the task altogether.
     
  • Forget multi-tasking.
    Studies show that multi-tasking leads to decreased concentration, distractions, errors, and inevitably, more time required to complete the task.
     
  • Determine your priorities.
    What absolutely must be done, in the shortest amount of time? What tasks have deadlines? Which tasks have penalties for taking too much time to complete? Schedule these tasks for the time of day in which your productivity levels are highest.
     
  • Plot your steps to achievement.
    Whether you list your tasks in a certain order or you schedule tasks throughout the day, mapping the steps needed will guide you to accomplishment.
     

ListPlanIt has created another exclusive page just for readers at Tackle It Tuesday.
Click here to access a downloadable page, or click on the image below.

Catch up on the last 2 week’s tips at Tackle It Tuesday – Looking at the Big Picture and Planning Your Tackle.

Thank you to Janice and Susan for allowing me to be a guest on 5 Minutes for Mom’s Tackle It Tuesday.

Written by Jennifer Tankersley.

Jennifer is the founder of ListPlanIt.com, which has hundreds of lists and planning pages all geared toward helping you live a more organized life and write a more effective To Do List.

Mom Bloggers — what are you tackling this week?

Link up your Tackle it Tuesday post…

Tell us what you’re up to with all your other tackles… housework and otherwise… add your link to your tackle in the Linky below!

We are Tackling Our To-Do Lists Together and making housework bloggable — Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about how Tackle It Tuesday began.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in tackling all our tasks — whether household or otherwise.

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Here is a fun thumbnail linky:

And here is a basic linky if you prefer your linkies the good old fashioned way!

Disclosure: We are so impressed by ListPlanIt that we have become affiliates and have included those links in this post.

Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of the Mom Blog 5 Minutes for Mom.
Talk with me: @5minutesformom and Facebook.com/5minutesformom.



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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Dawn Hoppe August 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Tried to submit my link to project. Here is a link to the Blog that I wrote this week. Ted left for Europe today and I am here running the show, would love to hear from some women.
http://gatorlandk9.com/blog

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2 Lisa's Creative Designs August 2, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Tackle It Tuesday! Gotta love it! My to do list is SOOO long. I think its bigger than Santa’s naughty list. In addition to the boring chores of cleaning out my closets, fridge etc, I have alot of home decorating projects lined up and those are the things I love to share!

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3 Gretchen August 2, 2011 at 11:03 pm

I tackled a newsletter I’ve been putting off all month. It had to go out by the 31st, and that’s when I finished it – nine o’clock on the evening of the 31st. At least it’s finished.

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4 Terry September 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Unparalleled accuracy, unequvoical clarity, and undeniable importance!

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