- 118 - Productivity #5 - Dividing Your Tasks Into Different Kinds of Work Lisa Woodruff 29:47
All work is NOT created equal. Before you listen to the podcast this week, make a giant list of all the tasks you want and need to get done. Then listen in to discover how to re-organize your to-do list to get the most done.
There are 4 kinds of tasks that end up on my to-do list. Here is a brief synopsis of each one:
1. Ideas – Oh boy, do I have a BUNCH of ideas! Instead of putting my ideas on my to-do list, I jot the idea on a scrap of paper and toss it into my Sunday Basket. Then every 2-3 weeks, I read through my ideas and 80% end up getting tossed in the garbage.
2. Repetitive tasks I can be easily distracted from while doing them – Laundry, dishes, bill paying, cooking, grocery shopping, yard work, etc. These never-ending repetitive tasks can easily be done while listening to a podcast or beside my husband or kids while chatting with them. I save these tasks for Sundays and evenings when the family is home.
3. Focused work – These are the big things on your to-do list that would make a difference in your home, family, or career, but they require silence and focused work to get them done. Often, these are the items that move from list to list because we don’t have the time to do them. NEWS FLASH, the time is never going to magically appear. Sorry.
To change your life and get big things done takes prioritization and time. Start by finding 30 minutes a day to put toward your focused work. Just ONE goal. Then work your way up to 2-4 hours a day. This is NOT easy, but SO worth it! It will feel weird pulling that time from other areas, but once you accomplish one goal you will be hooked!
4. Thinking time – This is not a to-do on your list, but I find if I do not have any time for my mind to wander – while I am driving, walking the dog, or doing the dishes – I get cranky. I need time to think and dream about possibilities and solutions. I am an entrepreneurial creative type and we need lots of time to think. You might need some planned thinking time, too!
For all the links to all the posts in the productivity series go here: www.organize365.com/productivity