I (Tracy) now see the error of my ways when it comes to time management and To Do list making. I am excellent at creating a To Do list. I HAVE to have a place to write down things I need to get done. I love carrying my clip board around with me every where I go. I even categorize my list into computer time, errands, calls, etc. Sometimes I even write down the days I am going to do the tasks instead of just listing them out or I star the top three items I want to accomplish.
After talking with Julie Morgenstern (listen here) I now know how to create an INTELLIGENT To Do list! Julie kept it simple, too, by only giving us three questions to ask ourselves in order to create an efficient, intelligent To Do list.
Let’s pick a task and run through the questions.
TASK: Write a blog post for our show next week (Managing Your Cleaning with Clean Mama!!).
- What do I need to do? Write a blog post, design a graphic, edit and publish
- How long will it take? I timed myself while writing these posts for Julie here and here and learned that contrary to my time-optimist–delusional-avoidance-of-reality-self, it takes 1.5 hours. Thanks to Julie I am learning to be a time realist!
- When will I do this? I am assigning this task to Thursday between 3 and 4:30 – the only free time on Thursday that I have to complete a task off my list.
I love it! Now, YOU pick a task on your To Do list and answer these three questions to create your intelligent To Do list. We’d love to see your example. Please leave it in the comments.