LearnSimple strategy for getting things done

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Ryan
writes on January 9, 2007

I’ve been trying a new strategy and holy biscuits, am I getting a lot done.

Every day, I grab about 10 things off my “This Week” list and put them on my “Today” list. Then (and this is the key) before I even open my email program, I try to knock at least two things off my Today list.

It works 🙂

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: email is a great way for other people, instead of yourself, to dictate what you do on a day-to-day basis. Take control by doing what you want to do, before responding to what others want you to do.

0 Responses to “Simple strategy for getting things done”

  1. Harry on June 2, 2009 at 5:26 pm said:

    Ryan, that’s a simple method, worth a try.

    You may want to check out http://www.GoalsOnTrack.com, a very nicely built web app designed for tracking goals and todo lists, and has time tracking. It’s clear, focused, easy to navigate, worth a try.

  2. oh wait.. I read devel-random… damn foiled again!

  3. Thanks for the tip. I’m trying as best as I can to stay on focus and less distracted. Some days are better than others.

  4. Thanks for the tip. I would add the web browser, too, to that list of things to leave closed before 10 AM.

    This, especially, after having Macworld speculation all morning. 😉

  5. Funny how small changes in behavior make us more productive.

    Another favorite strategy is DYM (delegate your misery). However, not recommended at home 🙂

  6. I do something similar – see Move big rocks before sunrise.

    I’ve found it definitely helps to increase productivity, and if you can get things for clients done before they wake up, all the better.

  7. Along the same lines, I found changing my email settings from ‘check for new mail every 2 mins’ to every 15 mins has made me much more productive.

  8. “Holy biscuits” – I like that! 🙂

  9. Being PC based (hiss) at the moment I’ve not been able to find myself a decent to-do list programme so I’ve been using a Google Homepage module that allows me to prioritise entries and I add to it through the day and deal with the high priority ones as soon as I get home whether freelance or household based.

    I find the best thing is to get the small things out the way quickly first leaving the two big things. When I come to these big (time/effort) items I break those down into smaller items and get those done in a priority order. This technique I find helps me be super efficient with getting things done in the few hours a night there are between working and sleeping.

  10. Yeah this is a great idea. I often advise people to do a “procrastination buster” and knock off 3 tasks that they have been putting off before starting anything else in the morning. This then gives you extra motivation as you have finished some of the tasks that you were most dreading to do.

  11. Ooh, nice idea!

  12. Good point Ryan.

    Same holds true for RSS so Carsonified doesn’t distract you and send you on a long a.d.d. ride. hehe

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