Getting Things Done – Part 1: The Optimal To-Do List

by Thomas on June 21, 2011 · 0 comments

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There are only a few of us who are lucky enough to have a small number of things to worry about each day. Most of us, on the contrary, have the feeling that our to-dos could potentially accumulate to a not even remotely comprehensible pile-up if we are not careful. No wonder that “mental overload” has become a familiar term in society. The solution: use time for the right – aka the most important – things in life, which is what Peter Hinzmann talked about last week in his articles “Setting Aims and Achieving Them: All Good Things Come in Threes” and “Setting Aims and Achieving Them: All Good Things Come in Threes or More”.

In this article, I have outlined some hints which should give you some helpful advice on how you can shape your to-do list so that you achieve your aims quickly and efficiently.

The Collected Inbox

A single collected inbox helps you to keep an overview over all your new tasks. Even if the (electronic) to-do list is long: it sometimes helps to see all activities and goings-on on one screen. This way you will be sure not to forget anything.

The Categorised To-Do List

A to-do list is a classic favourite used by just about everybody at some point. They help “free our mind” of clutter so that we can concentrate on more important things in our daily lives.

Dr. Zeitgeist's Tip!
Divide your to-do list into 4 categories:
  • 5 minute tasks
  • Tasks which you can complete on the go
  • Current tasks
  • Long-term tasks
Make sure you are aware of which tasks are important and try to do these first.

Practical Little Helpers for Your To-Do Management:

We hope you have enjoyed reading these handy little tips and wish you every success with optimising your to-do list for effective time management!

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