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Creating success-driven to-do list for new year

Creating success-driven to-do list for new year Illustrative photo (Photo: Freepik)
Author: Daria Shekina

Many people create a list of tasks for the New Year aimed at success. RBC-Ukraine shares insights from the Purport psychological portal on how to craft a success-oriented task list.

Find the perfect time for planning

Try to create a plan of actions for the upcoming year in the evening, when you can thoroughly evaluate the past day and plan for the new one. Alternatively, planning in the morning can set the tone for a productive day ahead.

Use specific language

Avoid vague descriptions that might lead to misunderstandings and procrastination. Clearly outline what needs to be done, ideally with deadlines and precise actions.

Set timeframes

Realistically assess the time required for each task, allowing you to gauge what can be accomplished in a day and efficiently allocate time among different life spheres, understanding the duration needed, whether in days, weeks, or months.

Identify priorities

Work on tasks that are essential first, helping you focus on the crucial aspects, ensuring productivity even in unexpected situations.

Distinguish between mandatory and optional

On particularly challenging days, categorize tasks into:

  • mandatory
  • desirable
  • can be postponed without consequences.

This helps maintain composure when dealing with a lengthy to-do list.

Group similar tasks, divide extensive ones

Combine tasks that require similar attention to minimize time loss. Break down large tasks into smaller ones to increase the likelihood of completion and sustain motivation.

Keep the list handy

Avoid relying on memory to complete tasks. Check your records to ensure nothing is missed and to track your progress.

Previously, we discussed the four main myths about self-improvement.