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How to Make More Productive To-Do Lists

To-do lists are one of the most important tools for staying focused and organized during the workday. This tool can help you manage all of your tasks and prepare you for the day, or week, ahead of you. But are your to-do lists helping you be as productive as you can be? Here are some tips to make sure you are getting the most out of your to-do lists and being as productive as possible.

1. Keeping More Than One To-Do List

The first step in having a more productive to-do list is to actually have more than one (as crazy as that might sound). Having multiple lists can help you organize your tasks more precisely and gives you a better idea of your priorities from day to day. We recommend having a daily list, a weekly list, and a master list. The master list will be where all of your large, overarching tasks and projects live.

2. Use a Trustworthy Pen

Keeping your to-do lists digitally is not as effective as handwriting them. When writing your to-do lists you want to make sure you have a writing instrument that gives you a comfortable writing experience and doesn’t leave you with smudges or smears. Reach for the reliable G-450 Retractable Gel Pen with its weighted brass barrel and rapid dry gel ink. Or if you need more flexibility, try the M-350 Mechanical Pencil, available in three stylish barrel colors. It also features a secure metal clip so it will always by your side.

3. Break it Down

Use your to-do lists to get specific about what task exactly needs to be completed for each project. This is where your daily list comes in handy—it should act as the place where you break down your bigger weekly or even monthly projects into more manageable pieces. Writing down every task, such as specific budget sheets that need to be balanced or business phone calls that need to be returned, will make your time management more efficient and ensure that even the smallest tasks will not slip through the cracks.

4. Organize by Priority

The next step in making your to-do lists more productive is to organize the tasks from highest to lowest priority. This will make it easier for you to see what needs to be completed first and which one is the most important. Organizing tasks this way also prevents you from wasting time on assignments that do not require your immediate attention. It also allows you to just move down your list chronologically instead of scanning for which task should be checked off next.

5. Schedule Times

It can be very easy to get sucked into a project and end up spending way more time than you anticipated. When writing out a task on your to-do list, put an estimate of how much time it should take you to complete. In the long run, this will keep you on track while also making sure you are properly managing your time. These estimations should be a guideline. If a project takes longer than anticipated, it’s okay—just readjust your day and keep on going!

Being productive and managing your time every day can be a struggle, so it is important to use all the tools at your disposal to increase efficiency. To-do lists are your biggest asset and can completely transform how you manage tasks daily. Next time you write out a to-do list, we hope you utilize at least one of these tips.

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5 Ways to Relieve Stress After Work

Whether you work from home or in an office setting, many of us often take our jobs home with us without realizing it. Job stress can seep in during times we’re supposed to be relaxing, and instead of making the most of our non-work lives, we’re combating anxiety about the next workday. Read on for a few simple tips to leave job stress at work and embrace mindfulness once you sign off for the day.

1. Tie Up Loose Ends Before You Leave Work

One of the best ways you can leave job stress at work is to prepare yourself before you leave. To cut down on after-hours troubleshooting, prepare a to-do list that highlights the priority tasks you want to accomplish the next day. This practice will not only organize your workload, but it can help you to leave feeling that things are taken care of. Bonus: You will start the next day knowing exactly what you want to tackle first. To jot down this to-do list, use a reliable pen like the STEEL G-402 Gel Retractable Pen. It has rapid dry ink (RDI) technology, so you won’t need to worry about smears or smudging—even if you’re left-handed.

2. Take a Walk or Go for a Run

Stepping outside for some fresh air is a great way to change your scenery and start the transition from work to home life for the night. Brisk walking, and other cardiovascular exercise like running, has been shown to boost endorphins, which can reduce stress hormones and alleviate mild depression. Any activity that boosts your heart rate and causes you to get a bit sweaty will help relieve some of your stress, so you’re better prepared to tackle tomorrow.

3. Start a Journaling Practice

Journaling is a highly effective tool for stress relief and can take several forms, so you can rest assured there is a type of journaling that will best fit your needs. A gratitude journal can help you focus on what you are grateful for and create a more positive mood in the moment. You can also use journaling as an emotional release by identifying triggers of stress and then exploring more positive reframing. Whichever way you prefer to journal, make sure to use a dependable pen that won’t interrupt your thought process. Choose Different with the stylish Sarasa Grand Gel Retractable Pen. It features a weighted brass barrel in 6 fashionable colors and fast drying gel ink for the ultimate writing experience.

4. Embrace Stress

This may sound contradictory, but new research has shown that embracing stress can help you become less affected by it. In a viral Ted Talk, Health Psychologist Kelly McGonigal discusses how stress can make us stronger, smarter and happier—if we learn how to open our minds to it. The initial research showed that viewing stress as a helpful part of life, rather than as harmful, is associated with better health, emotional wellbeing and productivity at work—even during periods of high stress. This approach can be used to build resiliency over a longer period of time.

5. Cook Something Delicious

Nutritious and delicious food can improve your mood while fueling your body and mind. When we get overwhelmed, we tend to reach for a quick and unhealthy snack that can make us feel slow and tired. Keeping your hands busy while cooking a meal is a great way to help relax and allow yourself to put the stressors in the back of your mind.

No matter how stressful work can be, remember to prioritize yourself and create a daily practice of activities that enforce a better work-life balance. These tips and tricks, when used over the long term, can help you relax and set yourself up for success both professionally and personally.