As a busy professional, you’re probably used to compiling long to-do lists on a regular basis. At Independent Core Strategies, Inc., we sometimes feel that these lists actually make it more difficult to get things done. They are often inefficient because they lack prioritization. We’d like to outline a few ways you can improve your to-do lists and get more tasks completed each day.
For one thing, you should stop assembling your to-do lists like a grocery list. If you were to extemporaneously write down a list of the things you need to get done tomorrow, it would probably take the form of a shopping list. The problem with this is the fact that some tasks are more urgent and more mentally taxing than others. We recommend prioritizing income-generating tasks first and then moving on to the most intellectually demanding items.
Another good tip is to exercise ruthless precision with what goes on your list. We at Independent Core Strategies, Inc. remind you that you only have so much time to get things done. Therefore, you need to be very specific about what absolutely needs to be accomplished in a given day. Here’s the best way to look at it: whether you knock out three of seven tasks for the day or three of three, you’ve still completed the same amount of work. However, leaving tasks from a longer list undone will make you feel dissatisfied and empty.
Our team at Independent Core Strategies, Inc. hopes that these strategies will help you make better and more efficient to-do lists.