You want to be a more productive Leader right?
Because when you are productive you know that that you are more focused, clearer and that you feel much better not only about the work you do, but about yourself.
In your attempt to be more productive you might make a To Do list with a few key things on it and then drop the ball on other things. Or you may be the type to make a massive To Do list with everything you need to do.
Long ToDo Lists are overwhelming
The problem is that with so many things on your ToDo list, it is overwhelming to look at. Just like having a messy desk it is hard to see what you need to actually get at now, during this next hour. These lists actually suck energy out of you just by looking at them.
Here are three lists that you should develop instead of the one massive, overwhelming To Do list.
List #1 - Monthly Focus
First, sit down at the beginning of the month (it doesn't matter if it is the middle of the month now, just do it) and make a list of the projects, tasks and things you need to focus on this month.This list will be the one you come back to several times over the coming weeks to guide you in what to do next and where to focus. For me this month, my focus is on my new blog, the marketing of two upcoming trainings and the redesign of my website.
List #2 - Weekly Priorities
Next, start each week looking at what you need to get done in that week. Weekly focuses give you a span of time to fit things into. Knowing if you don’t get it done the first day of the week, you still have four more days to place it a priority. The weekly focus list will come from a review of your monthly focus combined with any alterations you need to make in your priorities. This week I included my weekly blogs, my Leading the Way weekly video, an application for speaking at a conference, as well as switching my workflow tracking from Things to OmniFocus.
List # 3 - Daily Musts
Finally, the third list is your daily priorities. This list is smaller. It actually will be the top 3 things you absolutely need to get done that day. It is the critical things that you don’t want to drop the ball on. When you get these 3 things done each day, you can move on to what else remains on your weekly focus. But these 3 things come first. My list today included getting this blog posted, recording next weeks video and designing the marketing material for my upcoming Growing Great Woman Leaders training.
The key is to following the system ritually
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