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Upwork Teaches You 5 Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Getting through a to-do list is always a challenge, especially for the procrastinators among us. Upwork has a few tips that will help you sail through yours before anyone can utter the words “Honey do”.

  1. Write everything down in advance.

No matter how hard you try, you’ll never remember everything on your to-do list. Don’t wait until morning to plan your day or you’ll lose valuable time and energy. Write your list the night before so you’ll be ready to tackle it first thing.

  1. Location is everything.

You’ll waste a lot of time running or driving hither and yon trying to get everything done. Group tasks in areas or zones. Have an errand to run across town? Try to arrange all of your other errands or appointments so they can be done along the same route. Cleaning the house? Start at one end and work your way to the other.

  1. Track your time.

This isn’t quite the same thing as giving yourself a deadline. When constructing your list, write a start time and an estimate of how long the task should take. No one can account for unavoidable deadlines, especially when finishing a task depends on someone else doing their part. But, time tracking will help you get more done in the allotted amount of time.

  1. Prioritize.

Consider this a sort of to-so list triage. It’s especially helpful for dealing with those unavoidable delays. If you create a sense of urgency for tasks that must be finished by a certain date or time, you ensure that the essentials are out of the way before you tackle less important items.

  1. Break it down.

A long list of tasks can seem overwhelming. Break the bigger jobs down into smaller sub-tasks and knock them out one at a time. Before you know it, those big jobs will handled with less stress and hassle.

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