You are in the right place if you are looking for ideas to improve your productivity, planning and organisation.
This is the first blog post in a series on the top 9 productivity hacks.
There are hundreds of productivity hacks out there. Most will work in one way or another, but will depend on what you are looking for.
The ones I am are interested in will work for all areas of your life, both work or personal.
Only the ones that are quick and easy to implement and have proven great results have made it onto the list.
At the end of the series I’ll post them all together in an overview.
Productivity hack 1 – take control of your to-do list
“There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory” – Francis Drake
No surprise that this is first on the list from someone who is a list freak!
The 3 most urgent tasks need to be THE most important things for you to complete today. They should take priority over everything else.
Many people go straight for completing the easy tasks first and putting off anything more difficult or taxing until later. This can result in a lot of stress to finish off more critical tasks too late.
To break the cycle, always start with essential tasks first, no matter what.
If you put off these tasks until later in the day, you will never get them done.
Create a master to-do list
Keep the task specific
Prioritisation is key
Critical – Important & urgent (e.g. dogs are running out of food today)
High – Important & not urgent (e.g. walking the dogs)
Medium -Not important & urgent (e.g. plant spring bulbs)
Low – Not important & not urgent (e.g. cleaning the windows)
- Doing something unimportant well does not make it important.
- Requiring a lot of time does not make a task important.
Only work on the top 3 items
Take control of your to do list