Why do I want to make a to-do list? I want to make better use of my time without becoming overwhelmed. I can't do everything. It's not worth trying to do too much and I want some slack time to do nothing, just relax.
Now I'm not so busy that I need a complicated method. An easy method for the best use of my time is what I want.
I don't want to learn how to set up flags and colored stars to make priorities and whatever. It's Fun to make lists but I don't want to spend all my time and energy only making lists rather than actually taking action.
My mistake was in not paying attention to the difference between a to-do list and a project list.
A project could be something like "I want to keep the house in good condition", which I can name as something like House Maintenance.
But this doesn't explain how to do it.
If I list the things I need to do for this project, Wunderlist calls them subtasks; I can now transfer them to my to-do list when I'm ready as:
-Vacuum dryer exhaust duct.
-Buy wireless smoke detectors.
-Install wireless smoke detectors.
and so on.
This is very specific and doable step by step.
There are many ways to do this but if you confuse a project list with a to-do list, the way I did, not much will get done.
Here is how I do it now:
I use Wunderlist to list my projects and break them down into subtasks that need to be done to complete the project.
I then transfer a subtask (here it's Dryer exhaust duct) onto my to-do list called "Do It (Tomorrow)".
I use "Do it tomorrow" for my actual to-do list. It's very simple and I wind up doing much more than with complicated lists.
Link to Planning Page for more ideas: Planning
What are your thoughts and ideas? How do you like to do it?