Regardless of your productivity method, managing and checking off items on a to-do list is always difficult. If you dislike the strictness of a traditional to-do list, Stepcase Lifehack recommends trying out a rolling list to keep things flexible.
The rolling to-do list is all about flexibility and therefore doesn't work so well on paper. You need a digital document so you can easily cut and paste your list as priorities shift. Stepcase Lifehack recommends you start with a few simple guidelines;
- Break your projects into steps.
- Give those steps deadlines.
- Prioritise your items.
- Tackle the items in order.
- Reevaluate and reorder.
The idea is that the list is changing daily, with tasks and projects being updated with different priorities every morning. It's not that far from a traditional to-do list structure because you're still prioritising and checking items off in order. The difference is that everything on the list gets reordered daily so it keeps rolling over. If you've found traditional lists too stringent for your life, it's worth giving a try. Hit up Stepcase Lifehack for a full guide to implementing it for yourself.
Hate Your To-Do List? Try a Rolling List Instead [Stepcase Lifehack]