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Episode 260 – How to get things done with a list

How do we get things done? That’s the million dollar question, right? In this podcast we are going to talk about making a list, prioritising the list, executing on the list, evaluating the list and then starting the cycle all over again.


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Home management and organising can sometimes feel like a daunting task, especially when you have a lot of things to do but don't know where to start. The secret to effective home management lies in organisation, and one of the best ways to stay organised is by creating a to-do list. In this post, we will guide you on how to get things done in the home with a list.

Why Do You Need a To-Do List?


A well-structured to-do list is more than just a compilation of tasks; it's an essential tool that helps you prioritise your work, manage your time better, and ultimately increase your productivity. It gives you a clear overview of what needs to be done and allows you to focus on each task without feeling overwhelmed.

Creating Your Home To-Do List


Creating an effective home to-do list involves more than just jotting down tasks. Here are some steps on how you can create an efficient list that will help you get things done at home.

1. Identify Tasks: Start by identifying all the tasks that need to be done around your home. These could range from daily chores like cleaning and cooking, weekly tasks like laundry or grocery shopping, and less frequent tasks like decluttering or deep cleaning certain areas of your house.

2. Prioritise Your Tasks: Once you have identified all the tasks, prioritise them based on their urgency and importance. Tasks that are both urgent and important should be at the top of your list.

3. Break Down Large Tasks: If there are large tasks that seem overwhelming, break them down into smaller manageable parts. For instance, instead of writing "clean house," break it down into "clean kitchen," "clean living room," etc.

4. Allocate Time: Assign an estimated time for each task on your list based on how long you think it will take to complete. This will help you manage your time better and prevent you from spending too much time on one task.

5. Review and Update: Your to-do list should not be static. Make sure to review and update it regularly to reflect any changes in your schedule or priorities.

Using Technology to Manage Your To-Do List


In today's digital age, there are numerous apps and tools available that can help you manage your to-do list more efficiently. These tools allow you to create, organise, prioritise, and even share your tasks with others. Some popular options include Google Keep, Todoist, Trello, and Evernote.

These apps also come with features like reminders and notifications that ensure you never forget a task. Plus, since they're on your phone or computer, they're always within reach.

Creating a to-do list for your home is an effective way of ensuring that all tasks are completed in a timely manner. It helps reduce stress by giving you a clear plan of action for each day. Remember that the goal of a to-do list is not just about getting things done but also about making life easier and more manageable.

By following these steps on how to get things done in the home with a list, you'll be well on your way towards achieving better organisation and productivity at home. So go ahead, and start creating your home to-do list today.

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  1. Lesley, i do not work because i have PTSD from getting robbed and stabbed at work. I’m can tell you from my dad and his best friend have worked all their life. Now they are retired for a couple years now, they tell me, “How did we have time to work?” So it seems you will still have plenty to do even after you retire.

  2. Ingrid & Lesley,

    Perfect timing on this podcast! I had just done a brain dump and then pulled up your latest podcast so I could listen as I was ticking items off my list.

    I've been doing brain dumps more frequently and have noticed that even though I accomplish many things using this method, there are items that just never seem to get done.

    I learned from this episode that I may need to stop doing the easy things first. Ingrid's analogy with the rocks and sand makes so much sense!

    I also leaned that maybe I need to categorize before I brain dump. Lesley, I have never thought about doing this before and am going to try this too.

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise with us.

    Best wishes to you all,

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