10 Reasons You Should Include Routine Tasks on Your To Do List

even if you don’t think you need to

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I’m one of those people that includes routine tasks on my to-do list.  I have to or I tend to pretend the tasks don’t exist.  Or I plan so much that there’s no time to get to them.  But as we all know, those routine tasks can only be ignored for so long before things get ugly.

So if you’re one of those people who doesn’t include routine tasks on your list, here are 10 reasons you might want to re-think that strategy:

1.       Have you ever had one of those moments when you looked around your house and didn’t have a clue what to do next? Or you felt overwhelmed by everything that needed done? Including routine tasks on your to-do list can actually help with that.  Usually those routine tasks are easy or mindless and sometimes that’s exactly what you need to do next.  If they’re included on your list, you don’t have to think about them – you just look at the list and pick something.  And more often than not, that’s all it takes to get you moving again.

2.       Having your routine tasks on your list gives you a better picture of everything you need to do.  If they’re not included on your list, it looks like you have a lot more time available than you really do.  Including them shows a big picture of what needs done.

3.       The list of routine tasks serves as a checklist rather than a to-do list.  I don’t look at my routine tasks the same way I look at my other to-do’s.  The routines are more of a check list.  I do as many of them as I can each day and if I get most of them done, most of the time, life is better.

4.       Routine tasks tend to be boring and tedious.  Having them on your list and being able to check them off makes them more satisfying.  It also makes it more motivating to do them – so you can mark them off.

5.       Routine tasks are easy to forget or ignore.  Having them on your task list keeps them in front of you so you can fit them in when you have a chance.

6.       Routine tasks on your list give you something to do if you only have a few minutes.  I’m terrible about figuring out what to do when I have 5 minutes.  I tend to play on my phone or piddle.  But if routine tasks are on my list, I can choose one that can be done in the amount of time I have available.

7.       Marking off routine tasks makes me feel like I’m getting more done – it gives me something to show for my day even if I don’t get much else done.  Otherwise, some days I feel like I worked all day but did nothing.

8.       When I’m too tired or discouraged to figure out what to do next, I don’t have to.  The list is made and I just need to pick something.

9.       I don’t have to try to remember everything that needs done because it’s on my list.  It frees my brain to think about more interesting things.

10.     I have a record of how I’m doing with my daily responsibilities so I can see if anything is being neglected.

If you haven’t been including routine tasks and want to, this post gives you some ideas about how you can:  10 Ways to Keep Track of Daily Routines in your Planner.  (Be sure to read the comments, too, because there are some great ideas from readers.)

Do you include routine tasks on your to-do list?  Why or why not?

Comments

  1. Great Post – I love routine checklists :) Great sense of satisfaction, great for making sure everything gets done and there is not ‘what shall I do next’ time-wasting moments.
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  2. Dianne in the desert says:

    I mentioned your posting to some friends of mine. It never occurred to them to do this. I just chuckled and reminded them that you and I have been dealing with homes and families for far longer than most of them. “I will remember to do my routine stuff.” are the famous last words of many homemakers who suddenly find themselves overwhelmed at the end of the week because things had not been done. I am now the unofficial “leader of the homemakers’ brigade” in my community. We Koffee Klatch one morning every two weeks and borrow ideas from each other. When I started talking about your messages, the other members of our group began asking me to design pages for them that had an area for the “Dailies” and room for the other things they needed to do. They provide the paper and the ink. I design and print. So I have been busy and happy. Now I am getting ready to deal with the holidays. The only advice I have for my dear friends is that they need a plan for their holiday preparation. I have used one for the past 20 or more years. I have it in the computer and it works for me, so I do not have to make a lot of changes before printing a new one each year.

    • I’m surprised at the number of people who don’t include routine tasks on their to-do list. I just assumed everybody would.

      Your group sounds like so much fun. I wish I had a group like that, too. And making pages for friends sounds like so much fun!!!

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