The Latin saying goes Divide et impera, “Divide and Conquer”. It turned out to be quite useful for Napoleon and Cesar, but is not only a good piece of advice for successful strategists or Machiavellian politicians, this also works to get through the daily hurdles.
It is not only about dividing your tasks and writing them on a to-do list. Having a strategy at the time of managing your to-do list will help you in actually getting things done.
Here are some of them:
Compartmentalize: Divide to-dos into categories, such as work, house and friends and family. It’s great if you find you completed most chores and work tasks, but you will also have to notice if you haven’t been dedicating enough time to others or even to yourself.
Contextualize: Putting a to-do into a context involves thinking about the time and effort it will require. Setting a time estimate will provide a useful guideline to understand when is the best part of your day to do a specific task and use your most productive hours for the most demanding work.
Prioritize: The importance of a to-do is not always directly related to the amount of effort it takes. There are things that need to be done first, that is why setting deadlines can be a must-do for some to-dos. Also, prioritizing will tell you which tasks are the ones you can afford to delegate, and which others shall need your full attention.
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