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The Priority List

by on December 1, 2011


“He’s making a list, and checking it twice … “

                                                                                 ~ J. Fred Coots, Henry Gillespie ~

Everyone makes lists.   Some lists have 150+ items on them.  That might be okay for some people (see above) but if your list gets that long, it will not serve you well.  There is, however, an efficient way to manage your lists. 

Start with a Master To-Do List.  You can have as many items as you want on this list.  It is simply a recitation of everything that you want/need to accomplish.  File this list on your desktop for easy access and add to it as needed.  You might consider categorizing the items for easier review.

Each day, identify the three or four most important items on that list.  Not completing these items could jeopardize completing a project, meeting a deadline, or billing for your services on a timely basis.

Once identified, focus all your attention on these priority items, moving them forward to completion.  If you finish them before the end of the day, select the next most important item from your to-do list and begin work on it.

Don’t forget to check off completed items from the Master List.  It feels so good!

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