The Two Lists Every Woman Needs For Optimal Productivity

4
Posted October 21, 2012 by Melissa Foster in On the Ladder

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.

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.

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

Melissa Foster

A productivity consultant for startups founders and entrepreneurs, Melissa Foster is on a mission to help her clients and readers create flow in their lives... and get big things done. A certified life coach, Melissa's hyper-focused, energetic approach is coupled with wisdom, warmth, and wit. You can get more from Melissa by visiting her website.

4 Comments


  1.  

    I love your tips! And I SO needed this tip – I actually have “write marketing plan” on my to-do list at work RIGHT NOW. I can’t wait to work up the Project List on Monday so that my To-Do list will be workable!

    Thanks!




  2.  

    Thank you, Kelley!

    So glad to hear that something clicked for you around this!

    Now, go knock out that marketing plan! ;)




  3.  

    I agree with Kelley- I have “update paperwork” on my to do list. So crazy! How did you even see my to do list from Chicago? What an interesting way of doing it. Ill try it this week.





Leave a Response