Productivity Tip – If you can’t do it shouldn’t be on your to-do list

To-do lists are a great way to get organized, you can write them down on a piece of paper, an handheld computer or software on your PC (I obviously use yaTimer).

The reason they are so great is that you can immediately find a task that needs to be done, do it and cross it off, this have 3 different and important parts:

Immediately find the next task that needs to be done.

Do one thing.

Cross it off and get that feeling that you accomplished something.

If you have tasks on your to-do list that you cannot do right now you can’t immediately find something to do, you have to read the entire list and think about every task before you choose one.

Then you might start actually working on a task only to discover that something is missing and you can’t complete the task right now (this is especially demoralizing if it happens several times in a raw).

And finally after you spent all this time and effort you have nothing to show for it and you can’t even cross out the line on the list.

So if something can’t be done right now it doesn’t belong on your to-do list, write it down on another list instead so you don’t forget it – but not you main to-do list.

Tasks that depend on other task you have to do are fine, just write them in your to-do list in the order they have to be performed and do your tasks in order.

posted @ Wednesday, September 24, 2008 4:50 PM

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