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First published on this website in July 2005 and last updated in March 2017

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Many Christian leaders who use a 'To Do' list struggle with the guilt of never completing it. What they are using fails to differentiate tasks by (1) how long they are likely to take, (2) by when they need to do them, and (3) by how important they are.

Hence the idea of a 'To Do Diary', a simple tool that takes the idea a bit further. It is based on a standard page-to-a-day diary (you can use electronic gadgets if you prefer them) with each page divided into four sections:

  1. Engagements - what a diary is normally used for 
  2. Longer tasks - things to do that day that will take more than an hour, say
  3. Shorter tasks - reminders of those 10 minute jobs that you must not forget
  4. Personal tasks

You also need an engagement diary or something similar for monthly planning.


Here is the link to this item: PDF TN23 - How to do 'To do' lists.pdf

Author's notes

These notes have been updated in March 2017 with minor amendments throughout the text.