Here’s why ordinary lists and apps don’t work in the longer term: when REAL people use lists of jobs to do:
they put things off
they do the easiest things first
they do the most FUN things first
they do the small things first
‘importance‘ definitely comes last – in fact it’s not usually considered at all. try putting your tasks in order of importance and you’ll see how hard it is, and you’ll realise how little you think about importance normally.
e.g. what’s more important, socialising with your friends or learning to be better at Excel? It’s not easy is it!
So because of all the above, which I do as well by the way, just like everyone else, I have made my JobsToDo app to include fun and size as well as importance and urgency.
You can sort your list instantly by any of these factors, and you can also drag tasks up and down to get the order right. Think about which ones are more fun, or which ones are more important.
And then each day it’s easy to knock off a few urgent things, maybe do one large task or one unpleasnat one, then maybe do a quick task in the time before lunch, or treat yourself to a fun one at then of a hard day.
And you can even use my magic formula and do whatever it says is to pof your list, taking into accoutn ALL four factors automatically!
And the app is FREE – just search for Jobs To Do on the apple store or google play store.