Step 2. Colour your categories!
Got your list?
Great. Then get a bunch of coloured pencils, markers or even crayons if that’s more like your style :)
Then, start categorizing. Whichever tasks belongs to the same group get the same colour. You can underline, highlight, mark with a little icon or do whatever you want. Just pick a method and stick with it.
All the main parts of your life can have their own category.
- One category can include all your home-related tasks, like “do the dishes” or “change the bed sheets”.
- Another can be for study-related tasks, like “submit research proposal”, “write thesis”, or “study for exam”, and so on.
- You can have a separate colour for personal tasks, family things, or work-related to-dos as well.
- You can even divide your tasks into separate projects if there’s a lot going on, for example, if you’re planning a big trip, preparing for an event, or renovating your home.
Colouring will help you see which areas of your life are overflowing with things to do, and which are probably a bit unloved. This can also give you insight into what to cut back on and what to prioritise.
Click here to move on to Step 3. It’s time to bring out the heavy weaponry! :)