How to Create a To-Do List to Reach your Goals in 2020
Creativity often comes with clumsiness and procrastination. But the right kind of to-do list can help writers to maintain sanity and finish writing projects on time.
But it is not easy. Creating a list is easy. But it is hard to stick to it. It is too easy to succumb to a cheat day or ‘let’s start from Monday’.
I know. I have tried and failed several times. But with little planning and a proper to-do list can help us to sort our priorities and achieve our goals.
Here is what you can do to create a to-do list in two easy steps.
Look at the bigger picture.
What is your goal behind creating a to-do list? Do you want to write 100k words this year or do you have an income goal to achieve? Or do you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle? Or you want to read 100 books this year?
Define at least one goal for the year. It helps you to see the bigger picture.
Do not fear for not completing it in the year. Failure is natural. But it is unfair not to set a goal because you are afraid of failing.
Be brave and choose the goal. Write it down somewhere. I have written it on the first page of my diary and inside of my wardrobe. It reminds me every time why I need to work even if I want to lie down and watch Netflix.
Break the barriers
Now as your one goal is set, it is time to go deep.
Bigger goals often create procrastination. I always postpone something if I know that the task is taking lots of time. But when I break down the same task to a set of much smaller tasks, I can finish it before the deadline.
Go and create a roadmap to achieve your one goal. Suppose, this year, your goal is to write at least 52 posts for your blog and get 100k views by the end of 2020.
100k views seem impossible when you have only 1000 views per month. But it is easier when you use SEO and have a good promotion plan for social media.
Break the 100k views a year to 10k views per month for the first six months. Now create consistent content that is 26 posts in six months or 1 post per week.
One blog post per week means that you have enough time to research and write. Use the time in keyword research and writing search engine optimized article. Research which social media will be best for you and how you can use it to promote your blog post. 2500 views a week is easy when you use the combined power of social media and SEO.
See, when you break the giant into smaller things, it is much more approachable to easier to finish.
Create the task by going deep into your goal. Set daily, weekly and monthly tasks. If you find it unmanageable, sit down and go through again to make it easier.