How To Get Rid Of Dull To-Do Lists…

Published: October 21, 2015
By: Faye Hollands

Take a look at your to-do list right now.  Go on.  How many items on there are old, past their use-by date or simply mind-numbingly boring?  If your to-do list resembles a stagnating pile of procrastination it’s time to do something about it.  Here’s how…

Looking at a list of tasks every day that fails to inspire or motivate you can be soul destroying.  There’s nothing worse than seeing the same boring points come up time and time again, and wondering how you can avoid doing them for yet another hour, day, or month.

Aside from feeling frustrated at their existence, they can also impact the other things on your to-do list that DO actually interest you.  By zapping you of enthusiasm and energy, they can make the fun stuff harder because you don’t have the get-up-and-go to focus on what really puts a smile on your face, and instead you’re distracted by the painful points that you’re wishing away.

Far from being a pretty picture, this scenario is a reality for many people and it’s got to stop.  Follow these 3 simple steps to give your to-do list a well-deserved overhaul:-

1.  Delete

Take  a look at each point on your to-do list and ask yourself ‘How long has the task been sitting on my to-do list for?”

If it’s weeks or months you can probably get by without doing the task at all.  Your to-do list isn’t a memory bank where you scribble down everything you’re worried about forgetting – it should only be used to note down actions that contribute towards your key goals and objectives, or administrative tasks that need to get done in order to improve your productivity.  Anything else should not be taking up precious focus and attention.  Delete, delete, delete.

2.  Delegate

Now look at the ‘real’ to-do list and work out what tasks you can delegate and outsource.  Forget about doing everything yourself, it’s not a smart way to work and being a control-freak won’t get you anywhere!  Farm out as many of your to-do’s as possible to free up your time so that you can focus on point number 3….

3.  Detonate

The to-do’s that are left should be 1) important and 2) something that you can’t give to someone else to do.  If they don’t fall into either of those categories go back to step #1 and start again!

Now that you’re clear on exactly what you need to do, it’s time to smash your way though each task with these smart time management strategies:-

  • Get clear on your objective – what outcome are you trying to achieve by doing that task?  You need to know what you’re aiming for in order to manage your time smartly
  • Plan – what do you need to do in order to get the task done?  Work out the steps involved so that you’re  crystal clear on what needs to happen to achieve your objective
  • Schedule – block out time in your diary to do each task.  It’s important that these blocks of time are physically written or typed into your schedule rather than left floating around inside your mind!
  • Commit – give your blocks of time the same respect you would a client meeting i.e. turn up & do what you’re supposed to do, no excuses
  • Act – work through the steps in your plan systematically and make sure you stay within the allotted time allocated to each task – this will help keep you focused and on track

By working through these steps you will regain control over your to-do list and increase your focus and attention on what is important.  Commit to taking action on these steps every day and in a very short period of time you will have eliminated the stagnant points on your list, and will be left with an action plan that is both relevant and motivating!

Let me know how you get on and what works for you …. post a comment below or ask a question, I’d love to hear from you!

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Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email

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