When time is limited and you have a long to-do list, how do you decide what to tackle? They all seem crucial, these bullets on your list, but you must choose some over others.
1. Write out the list of all the things you have to do. Here is an example:
2. Beside each put the amount of time needed. Maybe 1/2 hr, 3/4 hr, 15 min, 2 hr, 1 hr, 15 min, 1/2 hr, 2 hrs, 10 min.
3. Now pick which one you want to do the most and which you are most dreading. My least favorite would be doing the 22nd rewrite of chapter one. Writing the blog post would be the most fun. Do them, maybe in tandem.
4. Pick a short one and go do it right now. Sew on those two buttons and you’ll get a reward. What is it? Crossing the job off the list.
5. While you’re happier than a pig in poop, tackle the one you most dread. Rewrite chapter one and get ready to weigh less as you knock that heavy weight off your back. Now you’re cookin’. And it didn’t take as long as you thought.
6. Quick, hit Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for 15 min. Walking the dog is exercise so you can cross two off your list if you do them.
7. Start working on the video and you’ll have a head start on tomorrow.
Before you’re done for the day, write out tomorrow’s list. Put on the things you didn’t finish today, remember to add some short and long tasks, and you’re ready. Turn off the computer and see where your sweetie wants to take you for supper.
How do you react when your time is too short for your long list? Any tricks you’d like to share? Consider leaving a comment, just for fun.