List-making has long been revered as the classic time management tool. And now it’s easier than ever to blend this analog task with your digital world by using smart notebooks like Bamboo smartpads to create an online to do list. The best part about this to do list? Checking everything off and having time to make your ideas.
But how can you find the right kind of list to make sure you’ll have a productive day?
Consider these three styles for how to make a to do list:
- Categorized Lists — Most people start with a daily to-do list, focusing just on the most urgent tasks for the day. But once you’ve mastered that approach, try looking ahead to the future to help you meet your goals. For this technique, you might consider an annual list or even a life list to help put the big picture in perspective and make it more manageable to accomplish your desires. Others go so far as to categorize their time to focus their attention on different types of tasks on different days. For example, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey uses a themed approach to daily time management with do and don’t lists to stay focused without distractions.
- To-Do vs. Done Lists — Another option is to use lists to catalog both the items you need to do and those you’ve already completed. A “done list” can be a motivating factor in pushing forward with your to-do list by seeing your accomplishments in writing. So go ahead, give yourself a pat on the back before you start the next task!
- Bullet Journaling — Be prepared to be inspired by the truly organized. The #BulletJournal trend has taken to-do lists to the next level. The Bullet Journal approach is a four-step process designed to make the to-do list process less of a chore and more efficient. Learn more about how to make a to-do list using the Bullet Journal style from founder Ryder Carroll.
See how fashion designer and lifestyle blogger NRC uses lists to keep herself and her team focused during their debut at London Fashion Week.