I recently ran across Dave Seah’s Printable CEO and I love it. It gave me a great idea for my to-do list.
Instead of prioritizing my to-dos for the day, I give them a point value of ten, five or two. I do this during my 20-minute daily to-do review (where I move items from my “Week” list to my “Today” list).
- Ten points = Things that help me move towards my primary goals (for me and the company)
- Five points = Things that are important, but not vital
- Two points = Things that aren’t important, but need to be done
It’s strange, but I find myself getting excited about finishing an item and getting ten points for it. It’s like getting one of those “1-Up” mushrooms in Super Mario World.
If it was marked “High Priority”, instead of “10 Points”, there isn’t a reward for finishing it. It’s just another thing that needed to get done.
Try it and let me know if it works for you.