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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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How to Find Zen During Stressful Days at Work

With all the distractions, decisions, and duties that bombard us at work, it’s not surprising to find yourself battling stress in the workplace at times. During these moments of stress and frustration, it is important to remain calm and find ways to increase positivity and productivity.

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5 Steps to Keeping A Clean and Organized Workspace

All too often, cleaning and organizing our workspaces falls at the bottom of our to-do lists. While you may think you don’t have time for office organization, you’d quickly reconsider if you really knew how much the disorganization cost you. A neat and orderly workspace can help boost your productivity, keep you focused, and help you feel less stressed throughout the workday. Follow these tips to transform your office into an efficient workspace.

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How to Achieve Work-Life Balance While Working from Home

Flexibility is one of the greatest perks of working from home—but while remote work does offer the ability to create your own schedule, sometimes with flexibility comes increased pressure. Without facetime with coworkers in the office, you may feel pressure to spend more time online, to cut lunches short, or you might even forget to take breaks. It is important to prioritize work-life balance both for your mental and physical health. Here are some of our best tips to achieve better balance when working from home—without having physical coworkers to remind you to leave the office on time or to take lunch away from the computer.

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5 Tips for Acing Your Virtual Job Interview

Your resume got noticed and you’ve been asked to have an interview. There is just one catch—it’s a virtual job interview. As technology continues to evolve, the workplace has been quick to follow suit in adopting new innovations to save time and increase efficiency. Whether the position will be remote, the role is in a different part of the country, or the employer is unable to have an interview at the job location, it’s important to be just as prepared for a virtual interview as an in-person one. Here are some of our best tips for preparing for a virtual interview.

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5 Tips for Crushing Your Next Video Conference Call

When working from home, there are several challenges that you might face, including learning how to fight off distractions or needing to create a new routine for yourself. You also may have to participate in video conference calls, especially if others in your company are working remotely as well. Video conference calls can be awkward at first, particularly if you have never had to participate or run one in the past. But while it is different than having an in-person meeting, there are plenty of ways to become a pro at video conferencing. Here are some of our best tips.

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6 Essential Tips for Working From Home

For some, the idea of working from home is a dream—no commute and no drop-in meetings—but in the midst of mandatory work-from-home policies, many of us are now realizing that working from a home office presents its own set of challenges. It can be difficult to manage time and to limit distractions. Check out our best tips for staying focused and managing your time effectively.

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5 Ways to Help Prevent Burnout

If constant stress has you feeling helpless, completely exhausted, and in a slump, you may be on the road to burnout. But you don’t have to be ready to throw in the towel in order to make improvements. Learn what you can do to regain your balance and feel positive and hopeful again with these five tips on preventing burnout.

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5 Steps to Managing Your Time More Effectively

Do you ever feel like 24 hours is no where near enough time to complete all the things you have on your plate? You aren’t the only one. It seems like everyone feels that way at some point—which is why managing your time can be a huge relief and help give you back some much-needed hours to your day. Here are five simple steps that can you help you start planning and executing your days more efficiently.

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Digital Detox: 7 Ways to Disconnect and Recharge

Technology is everywhere—from countless social media platforms and new shows to binge watch, to the tools we’re expected to interact with each day as students and professionals. All too often, it can seem like technology is inescapable. While technology offers many benefits, it can also be mentally and emotionally draining. Check out our tips for disconnecting and recharging your mental batteries with a digital detox.

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