The only way to write this blog is in the form of a couple of lists:
List 1: Yes
- Lists can help you to organise your thoughts and reduce the chance of forgetting things.
- Lists can be helpful in prioritising tasks, particularly if you use a priority rating system when making your list.
- They can help you plan ahead and organise your time well.
- Writing a list of worries can help you to see which ones you can problem solve and which ones are hypothetical.
- A list of pros and cons can help when making decisions.
- A list can keep you focused and on track. (If I didn’t write a shopping list I would return home with an assortment of interesting food but no actual meals!)
List 2: No
- If you have too much on your to-do list you are likely to feel overwhelmed.
- Lists can be a sneaky way of procrastinating.
- If you over-rely on lists to prevent forgetting, you may not be giving yourself a chance to trust your memory.
- If you are constantly adding to your lists and never reach the end it could be contributing towards feeling stressed and frustrated or thinking that you are never doing enough.
- Keep to-do lists short and achievable.
- Give a priority rating to your tasks.
- Try adding ‘take a break’ to your list (and give it top priority!)
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