In our current fast-paced, ADD society people are busier than ever. We are in the midst of information overload, continuously evolving technology, devices replacing human connection for example. What comes with all the busyness are exponentially growing to-do lists which can look more like spread sheets. There are some strategies for dealing with all those to-do’s. I’ll share a few recommended by the experts. Then I’ll offer up my brilliant idea.
Let’s begin with the 80/20 rule. 80 percent of the value is contained
in only 20 percent of the items. If you have fifty tasks spread over the various projects you are actively working on, ten of them will likely be more valuable to you right now than all the others combined.
The key to effective prioritization is to apply the 80/20 rule and discover the 20 to 30 percent of your projects and tasks that will give you the most value and the greatest returns on your effort.
A second method is to put dates next to each item for when completion is necessary. Obviously, take care of the one with the shortest time line first.
A third suggestion is not to try to do everything on the list in one fell swoop. That’s a recipe for frustration and overwhelm. Select one item on the list that you determine is important. Then have the mindset to just begin. Avoid thoughts that it must be completed. Just begin and you will be surprised how much actually gets accomplished.
Okay. Now here’s my genius idea. Along with your to-do list, create a to-don’t list. Make a list of all the things you will absolutely not do. You know. Things like vacuuming all the ceilings; alphabetizing all of your foods and spices; sorting out all those items saved over the past umpteen years because you never know. Surely, you can come up with your own list of things never to do.
We often get caught up taking ourselves and our lives too seriously. This is not to deny the serious aspects of life and what we may have to deal with. It is about discovering ways to play, indulging in a bit of whimsy, finding some creative ways to lighten up our load and ourselves.
“Sometimes our stop doing list needs to be longer than our to-do list.” Patti Digh
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