2 Lists Every Woman Needs For Optimal Productivity

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Posted June 9, 2013 by Marcy Twete in Life After Five

We LOVE to keep lists, don’t we?!

There’s nothing wrong with that IF you know what you’re doing when you create your lists. Yes, there is an art to list making. But don’t worry – it’s super simple!

The Two Types Of Lists Every Woman Needs

Every woman needs two lists: a TO-DO LIST and a PROJECT LIST.

A to-do list consists of items that require a short amount of effort to actually complete the task. Dishes, making a phone call, sending an email – these are examples of to-dos.

A project list consists of items that are more complex, requiring the completion of two or more steps. Creating marketing plan, cleaning the house, writing an article, booking a vacation – these are PROJECTS, not to-dos!

What Usually Happens

Often times, we create a to-do list full of projects — not actual tasks. This makes it difficult to move through things with a sense of flow. Our brains need to see the bite-size task in order to “GO.” If the items on your list aren’t broken down, they’ll trip you up: there is extra analyzation that needs to occur before knowing EXACTLY what is next to do. (This is a major reason why procrastination happens!)

Knock Your List Out!

Once you have a list of projects, you can break each one down into the tiny steps necessary for completion. Place three to five tiny steps on your to-do list every week and you’ll be rockin’ through that list of projects before you know it!


About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is the author of "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works" and a career expert who believes in order to be empowered in your career, you must be surrounded with resources and a network that both supports and challenges you. Marcy began her own networking journey as a professional fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, honed those skills as a fundraising consultant, and in 2012 networked her way to nearly 1 million readers as the CEO of the professional development website Career Girl Network.

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