How to know what to do next on your to-do list

Writing a to-do list is all well and good, but sometimes it's tough to know where exactly to start. To work out what should take priority over others, when they all feel pretty important.

I've written before about a great book to help prioritise your daily tasks, which encourages you to tackle your ugly, worse, most hard task first. Not only does this mean that you get to enjoy a day that gets better as it goes on, often that one task you keep putting off, is actually the most important. And important tasks should get done first.

Keeping a focus, rather than keeping busy (not suddenly being busy with sorting your kitchen drawers, rather than tackling your tax return) makes all the difference. Developing that focus is the tricky bit. It's easy to be busy.

Create an over-riding focus that you can question yourself with, everytime you're not sure what you should do next. This could be a daily changing question, or a weekly focus, or even an annual one. Examples could include:

"How can I make more money today?"

"How can I be kind to myself today?"

"How can I reach new clients today?"

"How can I move towards my goal today?"

If you're staring a long list of tasks, unsure where to start for the best, ask yourself your 'focus question', the answer usually speaks for itself.