I didn’t do much yesterday. In fact, I only got five things done.
Really, I went to work and only completed five tasks. You probably think I am joking, but I am not. You may be wondering if my employer should be concerned.
But, here is the secret: While I had a todo list a hundred miles long, I completed the five things that I had designated as most important and must get done today.
“I did the five right things yesterday.”
Today Versus Todo
I believe that you should keep only one todo List, and that it should be as simple as possible.
Some get bogged down in next actions, contexts, start dates, end dates, @ symbols, and more. Instead, here is what I do…
At the top of my todo list, I draw a line under the top few items that I designate as my Today List. These are the items on my todo list that must get done today. They are non-negotiable and take priority over everything else. (You can do this in an electronic format too…by “starring” or marking your Today items.)
That is it. No need to waste time with color coding, or priorities from A to Z. In fact, you can reclaim that time to get stuff done.
As I work through my day, I ensure that I keep my todo list visible and my today items are always at the top.
I recommend that you start small. Perhaps, only 3 “must do” items each day.
“Three!?,” I hear you say. That is nothing. But trust me, until you consistently knock out your Today List, keep it simple.
Remember, these are suppose to be “must do” items. They take precedence over all others. So, even once you are very proficient, you will still only have a handful each day. Your overall todo list is still your master tracker of all the things you need to do.
What Did You Get Done Today?
Some days you will obliterate your Today List. You will get all of it done, and many things done on your overall todo list, as well. It will feel great.
Other days, you will only get a few of your today items done. Even though you set out to get them done “no matter what,” things will come up that stop you from your mission. Perhaps, emergencies that were even higher priority than your list.
You can evaluate at the end of the day what kept you from finishing. However, you can take pride in knowing that you concentrated on the most important things on your list.
Yesterday, I went 5 for 5 on my Today List. Not bad for a batting average. How did you do?
How do you ensure you get your Today Items done each day?