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It’s easy to become overwhelmed by your responsibilities so that you end up procrastinating and getting little if anything done. It’s not that you’re lazy. It’s just that you have so much to do it feels like it will take forever to get it done and you don’t even know where to start.
This is a problem we all face. People that are successful aren’t superhuman. They don’t have a superpower that makes them capable of getting more done in a 24 hour day than the rest of us. What makes them different is they know the trick to productivity.
And they don’t just know it, they use it. And by using it, they get their responsibilities under control, which gets them out from under their responsibilities and on top of them.
From that vantage point, they can see things more clearly, they can make better decisions, and they can get more done to actually progress instead of muddling about in their stress thinking about all the things they need to do but aren’t doing.
So what’s the trick?
Simply breaking down your tasks into their smallest steps, steps that are accomplished typically in a few minutes to an hour or two at the most. Then organize them in a to-do list. Go through your list knocking off one task after another until you’re through your list for the day. Then sit back, admire your list with all the things ticked off that you got done that day, and feel incredibly good about yourself. Carry that momentum into the next day, and before you know it, you’ll be getting more done in a shorter time than you ever thought you could.
And with that feeling of accomplishment, you’ll realize that you control your life — your life doesn’t control you. The stress you’re feeling now will more and more be replaced by a zeal to wake up and get to work tomorrow.
You can put your to-do list together old school, with a sheet of paper and a pen. Or, you can join the rest of us in the 21st century and get an app for your smartphone or computer. Here are a few of the best to-do list apps available. With an app, you’ll find that sticking to your responsibilities can even be fun.
The top 3 to-do list apps (with free basic versions) as ranked by Forbes are:
Platforms: Windows 8, Mac OS X, Android, iPhone, Android Tablet, iPad, Web, Apple Watch, Windows Phone, Windows 7, Chromebook
Cost: The basic app is free; Wunderlist Pro runs $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year. Additional features with Pro include assigning an unlimited number of tasks to others, attaching files of any size, and adding unlimited subtasks.
Platforms: Web, Android Phone, Android Tablet, iPhone, iPad, Windows, Mac OS, Chrome, Firefox, Outlook, Thunderbird, Gmail, Postbox
Cost: The basic app is free; Todoist Premium charges $29/year. Additional features with Premium include keyword search, color-coded labels, task notes and file uploads, push notifications, location-based reminders, adding tasks via email, productivity tracking, iCalendar synchronization, project templates, and automatic backups.
Platforms: Web, Android, iPhone, Chrome, and Mac
Cost: The basic app is free; due to its special launch offer, Any.do premium is $2.99/month or $26.99/year. With premium, you get unlimited shared tasks, 100 MB per file of uploads, full access to Any.do moment, multiple themes, customized recurring tasks, location-based reminders, and premium support.
The best way to choose which one you’ll enjoy the most is to try them all out. With free basic versions, you can experiment at absolutely no cost.
Have fun, and get things done!