Many people make to-do lists for everything from work to household tasks. If you are not one of those people, you might want to think about doing it because there are many benefits to list making.
In fact, the act of writing a list itself is a source of pleasure for some. It helps people to focus on their tasks, to clearly define what they need to do. Plus, crossing off the items on the list after you have done them is another real source of pleasure.
Lists can help people clarify things. They can clear up puzzlement and a lack of purpose. Lists also help people make choices and prioritize those choices, a key skill in any job. A list is especially useful in sorting through a mountain of information. Lists help people pick out what is really important from those things that are more trivial.
Making a list can also help you figure out the steps you will need to take to achieve your goals.
A list can also help to get you going. By writing down exactly what you need to do, it can give you the impetus you need to get to work on it. This is all the more true if you also assign deadlines to your tasks.
You need to look at your own work habits to see if making lists is a good strategy for you. Some people don’t feel that lists are worth the time it takes to make them. They prefer to attack tasks as they arise. This may work for some. But if you are feeling overwhelmed, that things are controlling you more than the other way around, making lists may help you to regain your sense of being in charge, of having a clear course of action and knowing where you’re going.
Some people even get creative with their lists, using color, different types of fonts, graphics and formats to make the creation of the list more enjoyable. And adding this creative element itself is a way to help ease the stress when you feel overwhelmed.
So, for all these reasons, list making might help you increase your productivity.
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