Secrets of an Effective To Do List

Secrets of an Effective To Do List

One tool many business people use to get organized and improve focus is to create a To Do list.

To-Do Lists are prioritized lists of all the tasks that you need to carry out. They list everything that you have to do, with the most important tasks at the top of the list, and the least priority tasks at the bottom.

What’s on your To-Do List today? Take this ESL speaking lesson to learn more.

Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo

Your To Do List

1. What time of day do you think it is?

2. How many tasks is she working on at once?

3. Describe some of the things she’s doing?

4. Do you have similar tasks as this woman or different ones?

5. What daily work or personal tasks can reduce or eliminate?

Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It

1. Are you pro-active about planning your work day?


2. When do you complete your To Do List each day?

Each morning when I arrive at the office
Just before bed
At the end of each work day
None of the above

3. Do you prioritize your daily To Do List?


4. Do you have a ‘weekend’ To Do List?

Of course
Of course not

5. What are your top 3 tasks to do today?

6. When is the best time to respond to emails?

First thing in the morning
Mid morning
Late morning
Early afternoon
Late afternoon

7. What time do you shut down your laptop for the evening?

Before 6 pm
Between 6-8 pm
Between 8-10 pm
After 10 pm
A few minutes before sleeping.

8. What time of day are you most productive?

Early morning
Late morning
Early afternoon
Late afternoon
Early evening
Late evening

9. Which tasks would you prioritize as ‘first’ on your To Do List?

Not important
Urgent and important
Neither urgent or important

10. Do you have to report to your manager what you’ve accomplished at the start and end of each week?


Part III: Share Your Opinions

Your To Do List 2

Discuss the Photo

1. What’s this woman doing?

2. Do you think she’s got her hands full?

3. Why isn’t she at the office?

More Discussion

4. How often do you take your work home with you?

5. Do you do office work at home around your kids?

6. Does anyone at your company work from home?

7. What are the advantages of working from home?

8. What are the disadvantages of working from home?

9. How would you feel if you were asked you to work from home?

10. Can companies trust employees to work from home?

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