For many people, creating and using an effective to-do list is a great way to ensure success in fitness, work, and life.
Between your job, your friends, your hobbies, your family, and pretty much everything else you want to get done, achieving your fitness goals and nailing your workouts is often harder than it should be. Simply creating an effective to-do list can be a major key to staying on track.
I know for some of you reading the words “to-do list” makes your eyes roll but it doesn’t have to be like that. To help you get your started, I am going to tell you my recipe for success.
3 Ingredients in an Effective To-Do List
- Use a note-taking app that syncs.
- Have a to-do list for today, tomorrow, and even into next week.
- Include things you enjoy doing!
Let's dive deeper into each ingredient.
Use a Note-taking App That Syncs
I use the Notes app that comes preinstalled on all Apple devices. It is simple, clean and most importantly it syncs across all my devices. Yeah, I am one of those guys who has an iPhone, iPad, iMac, and a MacBook Pro. Hey! What can I say? I work in digital media.
The reason syncing across all devices is important is twofold. I find my stress level is much lower if I can add an item to my to-do list at the moment I think of it (even if it is the middle of the night) and I also like to be able to knock things off the list as soon as they are complete—and then check what awesome task is up next.
Have a To-Do List for Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond
I have a to-do list for today, tomorrow, and all the way into next week. This stops me from creating one single never ending list-of-crap that needs to get done... eventually. Instead, I create a strategic, day-by-day list of what needs to get done, when it needs to get done, on the day that suits it the best.
Yes, the weekends do get included on my to-do list as well but generally I try to limit it to items like “open water swim” and “call mom” or “bike with Ellie” or occasionally “finish the %$&* blog post.”