I love to do lists. I write and re-write them constantly and find them a very effective and satisfying tool in my productivity. Mine are almost always written on paper with pen (as opposed to electronic versions) and there’s almost nothing I like more than striking something off the list.
But sometimes they get jumbled and I have no idea where to start, what to prioritize over other things, etc. So today – and I know it sounds simple – I created a new method of writing my to do lists.
I still write a list in no particular order on lined paper with a pen, but I’ve created a second column where I put a circled number between 1-6. Here’s what the numbers mean:
- Needs to be done today, as soon as possible
- Ideally this is done today, but it’s a flexible item
- This is a priority this week
- This should be completed this week
- Ideally this is done this week, but it’s flexible
- Generally flexible
Sounds simple, right? And it is! I simply scan the second column of my to do list and look for 1’s. Once all the 1’s are done, I move on to the 2’s, but I know if I at least finish every day with no 1’s on my list, I’m in pretty good shape.
What do you think? What are your favourite strategies for productivity???