Productivity tasks can be a help and a problem. Lists can be worthless when there is little meaning behind them other than categorizing what needs to be done. Tasks management is a great word, providing that what we are managing has real meaning. Over time, the idea of task management means drudgery, if it doesn’t connect with what’s important.
Making Tasks Work For You
There is a lot of ways to make tasks work for you. Equally, there is a lot of ways that tasks can keep you from moving ahead. Lists beyond their physical presence in front of you can just lead to feelings of being overwhelmed, not being on target and a sense that you are not making any progress.
Ways to Make Tasks Work:
- Pick at least three of the most important tasks for the day (only three)
- Keep the other tasks on a list, or schedule them on different days
- Keep in mind that certain tasks are going to take more time than others, consider that when you are choosing them.
- The task should have some material importance for you.
- Eliminate other distractions…including new tasks for that day.
- Look at reassigning other tasks where possible.
A common problem is how the impact of distractions play in our ability to further our goals. Other people’s distractions (and our own) can kill momentum toward doing the important things. Seeing our chosen tasks through is important. Doing this consistently, will begin to impact how we see ourselves, our effectiveness, and our capacity to eliminate future distractions.
There is nothing written that says: “You must get everything done.” If you have too much on your plate, then it’s time to reassess what you are doing, and reorganize your functions. Saying no, is a critical element to task completion, because other things don’t suck out the energy to do the important tasks.