Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog.
I am not one to make a scheduled or timed plan for every day. I believe that putting things into my calendar is just asking for me to not trust my calendar.
I also don’t scan list after list to find out the next thing I can be doing. I don’t like the frantic activity that seems to me more about tracking than actually doing.
But I do have a list of my current projects, and when I plan my week, I make a list, containing targets for each project that I want to try and get to during the next week. I do this all on paper because it really sinks in when I have to write things out. But what happens then?
Making A Target List
Rarely can we not see where a project is going. I know, for example, that I want to completely plan the end of year Girl Scout outing this week. I don’t need to write down every single step – glancing at the goal is enough to remind me that I need to make reservations, get permission slips signed, etc.
I have notes of course, so I know what has been done. But I don’t feel a need to list out every next little action I need to take.
So my target list works well to keep me on track.
Making Sure You Use Your Target List
What I noticed, though, is that the target list is on paper. And since I spend most of my time doing things against electronic lists, my targets were getting lost. There were weeks when I made no progress in things because I forgot they were part of my targets.
Out of sight, out of mind.
So I started adding my target list to my Remember The Milk with no due dates. That helped, because things were in front of my face. Now when I looked at my list,I could see the things that Stephen Covey would classify as important but not urgent.
Yet I wanted to take it one step further. Looking at my schedule and my targets, I could set days when I thought I would have the time to tackle them. I still left the dates off the tasks, but I started each task with the date in parentheses so it would sort to the top of the undated list.
By putting the target list where I would see it daily, I made it much more likely that I would actually work on those goals. Do you have any tricks to make sure you get out of the daily tasks and onto the bigger tasks? Share below.
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