Despite best efforts, mornings can be difficult. Unless you're one of those lucky people who just naturally loves to be up early, those first waking moments are a losing battle. It seems that no matter how many alarms you set and notes you write, you end up forgetting something important or dropping the ball. You get to the office and realize you left your lunch in the fridge at home, or you were supposed to fill that prescription days ago. But hey, not your fault! Blame it on your well-intentioned but very tired alter ego: Morning You.
The good news is there's a very simple trick to beat Morning You at their own game. By creating a visual to-do list, you're setting yourself up for success in the morning and will reap the benefits all day.
A visual to-do list is a reminder method that relies on props and hard-to-miss cues. While the practice of handwriting a to-do list has its own merits, these lists can be easily misplaced or overlooked, completely defeating the purpose. Instead of relying on your memory recall, a visual to-do list relies on your brain's ability to think associatively, which is a much more reasonable task for the early morning.
Making a visual to-do list is easy and can be done in 3 steps:
The best way to explain a visual to-do list is to see it in action. Here's an example of a morning using a visual to-do list.
Let's say tomorrow, you need to...
Before you go to sleep tonight, lay out your visual to-do list so nothing falls through the cracks in the midst of your morning.
Using a visual to-do list is an easy (and certainly more unconventional) way to make sure you're getting all of those little tasks done over the course of the week. By taking care of your personal chores and errands with a visual to-do list, you can dedicate precious time and energy to work-oriented tasks while you're in the that frame of mind.
Have you ever tried using a visual to-do list or have any similar life hacks to make mornings easier? Let us know!
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