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Wolfish Delight

~ A peek into my mind ~

To do lists & making them useful

So, how to be productive?

I’ll be the first to say that I’m rarely very productive, I get things that need to be done sorted but that’s about it. Every so often I’ll get this burst of inspiration and I’ll get through so much of my to do list and more! Which is amazing! But, it’s not really that useful when you’re only productive once every few days (or weeks :/)

Everyone has that burst of inspiration to do better at the start of the year, whether that be new years day or at the start of a new school year. But very few of us manage to stick to that new feeling for more than a few days.

I try to stay productive by being realistic about my abilities and prioritising. Which sounds so obvious but you’d be surprised how little people apply that to their day to day life.

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I thought I’d use my actual to do list from this half term holiday. So this is what my overall list was, for the whole week off:

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As you can see, I’ve highlighted the things I’ve done

Now, for those of you wondering I am not doing all three science A levels. (God no) I am actually doing an applied science BTEC which is equivalent to two A levels and then doing my psychology A2 along side that. (I’m staying in sixth form for an extra year, more on that another time) I suspiciously didn’t get any psych homework hmm…

Anyway, so for a long long list like this I’ll decide what needs more time and what needs to be done now. So my assignments I’ve been working on almost everyday because they’re quite big pieces of coursework and I can’t afford to leave them to the last minute. The little sheets, exam qs and graphs that need to be plotted I will do at least one of everyday until I’m done with them, they’re a warm up to working on an assignment for the next few hours. Just so that I can tick something off my list and be inspired, just long enough for me to trick myself into starting the heavy duty stuff.

But more specifically for daily to do lists, I try to write down a maximum of three things that I must get done that day, no excuses. And then below that I’ll write out a few things that I would like to do but there’s no harm in leaving them til tomorrow. This way I’m being realistic and getting things done, and feeling accomplished. Instead of writing a huge to do list everyday and never getting anything done because I’ve put unrealistic expectations on myself.

I hope this has been helpful!

Until next time 🙂

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