Your Things To Do List and the Index Card
|Contributor: Jim Kearney 4/26/2018|
Ever get pulled away from an important task and never get back to it until much later or not that day!...?
Wouldn't it be nice if all you had to do was go to your office or workstation and get all the important things you need to get done without interruption? If you are able to do that - count yourself lucky!
In many jobs it is simply not possible and if you work in a retail store it is impossible!
Getting back to doing your most important priorities quickly and getting them done! The key is staying focused. But this does NOT happen naturally. Without a plan a bunch of time can be wasted.
The Things To Do List: Is a list you develop that you might forget to do today.
It is not a list of thing you do every day as part of your daily responsibilities. (That's a task list).
It's also not a list of things that need to get done tomorrow, next week or next month. (That for your calendar or your tickler file).
This Plan Has Two Important Steps and an Index Card:
Step One: Go home at the end of your workday with your plan in place for the next day.
Use a fresh "Things-To-Do" form. You can do the following on a computer or by hand.
Place your completed list on your desk or work station, turn it face down (symbolizing, for yourself, it's the end of the day) and go home leaving your work at work.
About Your "Top Three Priorities": They must be absolutely what you need to get done the next day.
Step Two: - the next day...
Before you do anything, when you arrive at work, turn over your prepared list. (Be flexible, top priorities can change overnight).
Staying Focused Does Not Mean
|During the course of the day new projects and tasks will come up. If they are urgent and need to be taken care of right away - do that. Otherwise use the back of your index card to make a note for your T.T.D List.|
Check off each goal as they are completed on the index card and when you get back to your desk or station extend that satisfaction by checking off each completed task on the T-T-D Form. Add any new tasks. You'll need all that information later.
Complete a new index card. Continue knocking away the other important items of the day.
At the end of your day repeat Step One.
Don't beat yourself up if it does not happen perfectly each and every day; stuff happens. Just stick to the process. Staying focused and getting your top priorities done is your ultimate goal.
I will Be adding "It's On My List" from time-to-time so please check back!
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