Creativity often comes with clumsiness and procrastination. But the right kind of to-do list can help writers to maintain sanity and finish writing projects on time. In this post, we are going to discuss two ways of how to be more productive and clear your to-do lists.
Creating a list is easy. What is hard? To stick to that list. It is too easy to succumb to a cheat day or ‘let’s start from Monday’ emotions.
I know. I have tried and failed several times. But with little planning and a proper to do list can help us to sort our priorities and achieve our goals.
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Here is how to be more productive and clear your to-do list in two easy steps.
Look at the bigger picture.
What is your goal behind creating a to-do list? Do you want to write 100k words this year or do you have an income goal to achieve? Or do you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle? Or you want to read 100 books this year?
Define at least one goal for the year. It helps you to see the bigger picture.
Do not fear for not completing it in the year. Failure is natural. But it is unfair not to set a goal just because you are afraid of failing.
Be brave and choose the goal. Write it down somewhere. I have written it on the first page of my diary and inside of my wardrobe. It reminds me every time why I need to work even if I want to lie down and watch Netflix.
Break the barriers
Now as your one goal is set, it is time to go deep.
Bigger goals often create procrastination. I always postpone something if I know that task is taking lots of time. But when I break down the same task to a set of much smaller tasks, I can finish it before the deadline.
Go and create a roadmap to achieve your one goal. Suppose, this year, your goal is to write at least 52 posts for your blog and get 100k views by the end of 2020.
100k views seem impossible when you have only 1000 views per month. But creating a blog plan or promoting at the right time on the right channel and using search engine optimisation can really help any blogger to get that much of views in a year.
Break the 100k views a year to 10k views per month for the first six months. Now create consistent content that is 26 posts in six months or 1 post per week.
When you have only 1 blog post to write every week, it is easier to go deep in keyword research, optimising the blog post for search engines and write in-depth article.
1 blog post per week also means that you have enough time to research and plan content for social media so that your blog post gets maximum exposure. 2500 views a week is easy when you use the combined power of social media and SEO.
See, when you break the giant into smaller things, it is much more approachable to easier to finish.
Create the task by going deep into your goal. Set daily, weekly and monthly tasks. If you find it unmanageable, sit down and go through again to make it easier.
I hope these tips will help you to be more productive and create super awesome content. Let’s rock it!