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Working with a Rolling To-Do List

Lesson 5 from: FAST CLASS: Workflow, Time Management and Productivity for Creatives

Lisa Congdon

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5. Working with a Rolling To-Do List

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Working with a Rolling To-Do List

all right, so now we're going to get into rolling to do lists, and you might be like I know what to do. List is. But what is a rolling to do list? So we'll talk about that first. So the work float document is not your to do list. It's the place you capture all the details about a project, and it's going to inform your to do list. But it's not your to do list. So why having a daily to do list is important? There's a, um, great debate out in the world about whether it's good Teoh be a list keeper. How many of you keep lists? All of you. OK, so this is good, because it is a big part of how you manage your time. And I think people out there who somehow managed to stay organized without keeping a daily to do list are somehow magical. So this is, um, this is how I do it, Why it's important. It gives you a road map for what to accomplish each day. It sets you up to block your time to get the most important stuff done first and make the most efficient use of your time during your day and week,...

so we're not gonna talk about time blocking yet. But time blocking is integral to your to do list. It facilitates breaking down larger tasks into smaller, more manageable tasks. It helps you track keep track of what you've accomplished and what you will still have left to dio at the end of the day. So are rolling to do list, as opposed to regular to do list just means that if you don't do or finish something one day, it rolls to the next day or the day after. If any of you are familiar with the bullet journal, a similar concept applies in bullet journaling that essentially the idea is, um, if something. If you have something on your to do list and it's static like, let's say you plan out your whole week, but then by Tuesday it's completely arrive right, because life happens, or this thing you thought was going to take 30 minutes took longer. So you wanna set up a system that feels flexible? That's based on your priorities and not something that you're going to abandon by Tuesday because it's already so out of control OK, so it's might seem counterintuitive. Toe only plan a couple days at a time, but I think it works well.

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While I'm not a designer, I'm a creative who is responsible for multiple projects, most of which take a week or months. Lisa's use of Google sheets then breaking things down is super helpful. I appreciate the bonus document! Thanks for the Fast Class version! So many of the Creative Live classes are far too long and need to be edited.

mary gabriola

I really enjoyed the class with Lisa. She's a clear and engaging speaker, and the examples she provided really bring the course material to life. She's talking mostly about creative projects, and since I have many writing projects on the go that works for me. I also am using her approach to set up other projects, though -- gardening and renovations and such -- and I think it's going to work really well. Thanks, Lisa!

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