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Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog.
Working in Seasonal Tasks
You’ve been working hard at your productivity system. You’ve eliminated inputs, pared down unnecessary actions and activity, and set your goals. Everything is humming along beautifully…
…Until your side yard floods because you forgot to put the hoses away and one burst while frozen. (Don’t laugh too hard. Yes, it happened.)
The truth is that there are always tasks out there that will fall below the radar because they are not occurring frequently or they are outside your usual realm of focus.
So what is the best way to handle seasonal tasks? I believe the answer is in monthly lists.
Making Monthly Task Lists
Start with a recording device. It can be 12 pieces of paper, 12 wiki pages, or a spreadsheet. Label a chunk of each with the month name.
Every weekend list the things you did that were not on your standard to-do lists. A recent example for me was “harvest herbs for drying”.
List anything you put off after consideration because the season is not right. List the things on the appropriate month.
This weekend we added several things to our October list, including putting the hoses away, putting the rugs and cushions into the shed, and splitting our hostas and daylilies.
Of course, these lists are only as good as your attention to them. I review mine at the beginning of the month and add them into my task lists if they are recurring tasks.
And hopefully you will never have a split hose flood your yard!
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