I follow the GTD principle of to do lists associated with a place or specific activity i.e. work vs home, billable time vs BD etc. My lists are quite short as a result and it is easier for me to concentrate at that moment on what i should be doing.
Due dates is one way I prioritize. Pareto is another. Things that could hold up other people usually rise to the top out of sheer negative reinforcement because I dread the embarrassment of being the bottle neck more than anything. Money is unfortunately not effective even when the sum is large and or I really need it – still reflecting about that one. Sometimes I prioritize stuff by the doors to opportunity they open. That invariably adds to my list though sometimes it reveals opportunities that are more energizing than what s already on the list & somehow the crowding of stuff to do does motivate me to get some easy but boring chores I have been procrastinating on out of the way. It's as if it gets me to clean the terrain to really enjoy the better stuff without the nagging feeling of unfinished business. Finally, sometimes I premack stuff just to remove the "pain". It may jot be urgent or more important than anything but it's been a Thorne in my side for way too long. So I guess latency can be a candidate prioritizing strategy. Morale of the story, some of my more "important" stuff does not get done partly because I control the definition of what's important when I might be less than objective & I'm in avoidance mode. Those instances are harder to sel-controle.
Decide what much be accomplished today to make tomorrow successful. They write the top three things at the top of great list so I always look at that first.
- How far in advance do you put tasks on your to do list? I am a big procrastinator and if I see something on my to do list that’s not due for a while I tend to just ignore it. Any suggestions on how to solve this?
- How far ahead should one write their list.. i.e. daily, weekly or monthly?
- Is it any way to make do to list more creative but still keep them simple?
- What strategies do you use to prioritize & organize “to do now” vs “to do later” tasks?
- How to make sure you stick to your list when something else that you need to finish first just popped out?
- How to make a to do list more interesting?
- time management? How to be more effective with time? I am a person who cares a lot about details, and in my work, I tend to refine concepts a lot. I find myself time swept often and offset my to do’s.
- How can I do a ideal write to do list? Can you share an example
- How do you manage your energy Vs. Your ambition (i.e. multiplicity of projects you want to do) ?
- How do you prioritise your three main things to do when you have loads more to do?