Check lists, To do lists, Shopping lists, and the list goes on …
We can’t live without them. It’s almost impossible to have a pro-active working day without one. But how often do we get round to completing them?
The thing is, to be a high achiever you do need to have a list to work from but it isn’t just about having a list of actions. That’s not good enough because in the majority of cases your list just goes on getting longer regardless of how much time you spend on it (or that’s how it is for the majority of people).
What REALLY makes the difference is to have a list that is made out in order of importance. Working in this way means that you are constantly prioritizing what needs to be done and by when.
So take your list of actions and prioritize all items as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 etc.
Secondly, it’s really important to finish one task BEFORE you start on the next. So block out the time needed to work on that item preferably somewhere you won’t be interrupted or distracted.
Then go back to your list. But before you start on your next item, this is also a good opportunity to review your list as to the next priority task as sometimes things have change and what was once a number 2 priority may have changed or might even not be necessary at all. Then start on your next task.
- Create a ‘Daily Do List
- Prioritize in order 1, 2, 3, etc.
- Do item 1
- Re-check priority of list
- Do item 2
- Repeat … repeat … repeat …