Quick tip: to-do lists

November 2, 2015

Never write a to do list in a notebook. Instead, write them on a piece of paper you can keep visible on your desk or carry with you.

I often get frustrated that I don't finish what I plan to do. I'll write a to-do list in my notebook, but then I'll either close it or turn the page to start working on the first task. I then don't see the list again unless I consciously decide to look for it.

Recently I remembered that when I was writing my thesis, I didn't use my notebook for to-do lists; instead I used scrap paper (usually the reverse side of something I'd printed but no longer needed). This meant that I could keep it to one side, separate from my actual notes, and could refer to it easily when I needed to. It's also quite satisfying to throw them away when done.

I've tried reinstating this habit in the last few weeks, and it seems to work well for me; I think because it takes just that little bit less effort to find.

Sometimes small habits make a big difference!

Random articles...

See AllSubscribe

Get the latest articles in your inbox

Just enter your name and email below and hit subscribe.

Your email will never be shared nor sold. Of course, you can unsubscribe at any time.

PhD: an uncommon guide to research, writing & PhD life

order now on amazon