Colour gives your to-do lists an attention-booster you can’t get from bland black-and-white copy. Plans might be well-made, but when they’re presented in monochrome, the eye glazes over.
Colour also stimulates the creative part of your mind. A variety of colours helps the brain visually divide and recall individual tasks. And because colour activates the brain’s native interest, there’s a natural ease in consulting a colour-rich plan.
Vary the lines on your to-do list with coloured ink in multiple shades, or try neon-tinted highlighters for tasks of great importance.
Ask a friend to help you with this memory game by making two lists of 10 randomly chosen people, places or things. Have your pal give the items on one list a blast of colour by underlining them with highlighters or markers. Give yourself 15 seconds to study the plain list. Then, turn it over and write down all the items you can recall. Now try the same thing with the colour-lined list. Which one was more memorable?
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