How do you respect your plans - How to actually do all things on the to-do list.?

Marko Rakic
9 replies
Planning your time is easy. Real problems come when it's time to do what you have planned. So how do you stay productive and respect what you have planned to do?


Qudsia Ali
Discipline is the key here. I once heard someone say there is a pain associated with both discipline and regret, but the pain of regret is much more than the pain of discipline. So, bear the pain of discipline so that you don't have to bear the pain of regret. This motivates me to complete my to-do lists.
Andrew Glenn
Are you building in "white space" into your calendar? Time that's not scheduled so that when something takes longer than the time you've allotted, you can park it and come back to it later? I'm with @qudsia_ali as well. Discipline is critical. Stop a task at the end of the time allotted. Move on, you can schedule time to revisit it later. Finally, I think we have to accept that everyday there will be things that we don't get done. So being ruthless in the prioritization helps ensure that we focus on the important things.
Qudsia Ali
@asglenn Thank you, Andrew. The concept of white space is essential. But I believe we sometimes don't give ourselves that margin to be more productive.
Jennifer Guerra
I use a Pomodoro app to stay productive, but I also plan the day as I had a little bit less time than in reality, so I can handle an emergency
Hemant Warier
There are a few things that can help you respect your plans and actually do all the things on your to-do list. First, make sure your to-do list is realistic and includes things that you can actually accomplish. Second, break down larger tasks into smaller, more manageable tasks. Third, set a specific time limit for each task and make sure you stick to it. Finally, reward yourself for completing tasks on your to-do list!
I always prioritise the most urgent things to do first. But I never force myself. Because forcing myself when I'm not in the mood: I'll only do it in twice the time. So I set myself goals with a date and it works
András Juhász
The question is already biased. It's useful to keep a to-do list and organize it in the order of priorities (or potentially add deadlines), but usually, the items without hard deadlines are not urgent or important. So it's also fine to let some of the things slide off the tasklist with time. If nobody is asking for it, probably it was not important in the first place.
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