To Stay Organized: Lists and a Few Apps 469



In the workplace, at home, and at school, tasks are seemingly never-ending! Save yourself some stress and take the time to stay organized. A well organized to do list assures that you stay focused and makes tasks seem more feasible.

Lists are a great way to stay organized. Having a visual representation helps you remember what needs to be done. Although it may seem excessive, lists should be organized as well. Seeing a long list of tasks can be daunting and discouraging. Thus a long and unorganized list of tasks may not be as helpful as you might think.

First off, break down larger tasks. Being assigned an important presentation or paper should not discourage you. This is your time to shine! Assign smaller tasks in place of the larger one and set individual deadlines for each smaller task. As you finish each one, the final goal of completing the larger task will be so much closer.

After breaking down the tasks, make a to-do list for the day.  Have a list of things that need to be done for the day and sleep easy knowing that as long as each day’s list is completed, the overall task will be completed on time. Prioritize each of the tasks and keep in mind how long you anticipate each one will take to complete. Aside from the daily lists, it’s helpful to have a list of the overall tasks.

And where should all these lists go? On your computer? On your phone? In a planner? Wherever you find most convenient and easily accessible! In the age of smart phones, a great way to stay organized is through applications. A few free organizational apps available on the iPhone include:

  • Wunderlist
    • Features: Sub task options, collaboration (receive/assign tasks), sort options (alphabetically, due date, assignee), email option, sync across all devices, over 25 languages
  • Any.DO
    • Features: Simple and sleek design (available in black or white), Any.Do Moment- quick overview of today’s tasks, voice recognition, over 10 languages, sync with Chrome extension, collaboration (receive/assign tasks)
  • Orchestra To-do
    • Features: Voice recognition, collaboration (receive/assign tasks), options for “Soon” dates (3 days, 1 week, etc), view all tasks with a shake of the phone
  • Errands To-do list
    • Features: Add images to tasks, four priority levels, delay option, email option, recycle past tasks

Now that you’re organized, make sure to set aside time for yourself. Remember, you are your biggest priority!

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