As we go through life, we often have a lot of tasks and goals we want to achieve. Whether it’s for work, school, or personal life, it’s essential to make sure these tasks are written effectively to ensure they are accomplished. Here are some tips and tricks to help you create and write tasks you’ll accomplish.
First, Break Things Down
So, one of the most important things to do when writing tasks is to break them down into smaller, more manageable tasks. If the task is too huge, it can seem overwhelming, and you might end up procrastinating or not even starting it. For example, if your task is to “write a research paper”, you’ll have a really challenging time getting started. Breaking it down into smaller pieces like “researching”, “outlining”, “writing drafts”, and “editing” is a great start, but an even better way: “research 4 main points on the subject”, “create a three-page outline of the research”, “write a four-page draft”, and “complete the final edit for review”.
Instead of writing a vague task like “clean the house,” make it more specific like “clean the kitchen and bathroom” or “vacuum the living room and bedrooms.”
When you create tasks this way, you have a clear idea of what needs to be done, and it’s easier to track your progress. Additionally, making your tasks measurable helps you see if you’re making progress. Instead of writing “exercise more,” write “go for a 30-minute walk three times a week.” This way, you can track your progress and see if you’re meeting your goals.
Set Realistic Deadlines
Finally, it’s essential to set realistic deadlines for each task. If you set a deadline that’s too far in the future, you might procrastinate and not work on it until the last minute. On the other hand, if you set a deadline that’s too soon, you might not have enough time to complete it. Take the time to evaluate how long each task will take and set a deadline that allows you enough time to complete it without feeling overwhelmed. Be realistic and don’t forget to factor in any other commitments you might have.
If you have 20 tasks on your list to complete in a day, and you only average six, you’re going to fail. Only add the number of tasks that you’ll realistically complete.
Creating and writing achievable tasks and completing them successfully takes some practice, but it’s an essential skill. By breaking down your tasks, making them specific and measurable, and setting realistic deadlines, you can be sure to achieve your goals and feel accomplished in the process. Remember to take it one step at a time, and don’t forget to celebrate your progress along the way! Reach out with comments or questions!