Did you know that Canada holds the record for most To-Do lists per capital? But, what does that say about you and me?
I’m not sure about you, but I have a love/hate relationship with my lists. After all, do we really want to be reminded of all the stuff we didn’t get done today? I’d rather be thinking about what I did get done and where I’m going for the week.
Watch this short (I mean really short) video where I give you some surprising secrets I use to be uber-productive with my work time. And, yes, you will learn how to kill your To-Do list.
Here’s what I recommended on the video, (you did watch it, didn’t you?):
- Work from long-term goals. Keep an eye n your goals for the year, quarter, and week. Little distractions plot to rip us away from what really counts – don’t let them.
- Create a Flight Plan. Your plan for the week (what you will get done by Friday) is central to your success. See my post (http://hughculver.com/wp2/expert/friday-15) for more information on this. Invest 15 minutes every Friday to review, rethink, and redesign your week. The best investment you can make in your focus and success.
- Break down your Flight Plan down to only what you can do. Overestimating how much you will get done in the week is just a set-up for failure. I prefer to have a short list (I like the dopamine rush I get from crossing tasks off my list), get it done and add more if I can.
Throw your list away and start again. Here’s the trick: at the end of the day throw your list away. This is akin to zero-based budgeting and great for thinking creatively about what is really important.
How do you manage your lists? I want to know. Tell me in the comments below (I’ll write back)
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