With so many things to do, sometimes I get lost. I write a To Do list but end up doing a host of other things only to find that I haven’t touched a thing on my To Do list.
Last week I performed an experiment. I created a To Do and a To Done list. On the left side of my laptop I have my To Do list. Anything I think of or plan to get done or need to get done is on that list.
On the right side of my laptop is my To Done list. On the To Done list I wrote everything that I have done whether or not it was on the To Do list.
After a week of listing my To Dos and To Dones I found that my productivity increased drastically. If I had to put numbers on it I’d say my productivity increased by about 70 or 80%. The To Done list not only gave me a great sense of accomplishment, I also got to see where I spent my time thus giving me info on how to better use my time.
I noticed that by the third day into the experiment, more and more of the items on my To Do list were actually getting done and listed on the To Done list. By the end of the week I had 8 pages of completed tasks on my To Done list where I only had 4 pages of tasks on my To Do lists.
I’m a Tweener
I found that as long as I sat in between my To Do and To Done lists, I was a very productive woman. If, on the other hand, I started to accomplish tasks off the top of my head without listing them on my To Do or To Done lists, my productivity dropped.
Give it a shot. If you feel the way I felt at the end of the week, wondering “What have I accomplished?” Then try your own experiment. At least at the end of the week you can review your To Done list to see exactly how much work you did get done.
Image by: David Siqueira