Throw out your To-Do list

Have you ever been paralysed by a to-do list that keeps getting longer?

Perhaps it’s time to stop doing them and work on those things that the highest priorities for your business.

Group tasks together under major headings then match the importance of those categories to the goals and values of your organisation.

Then start with the most important first. Don’t be fooled by the urgent, there are at times urgent things that should get our attention, but the main area that you should focus on is the important.

There are many thing that can distract you through out your day, perhaps when you are feeling distracted the most stand up stretch get the blood flowing again then make a clear decision to get the task down.

It is amazing how a micro rest can clear your head and improve your productivity.

About Paul S Allen

Kiwi singer-songwriter based in Dunedin, New Zealand. Musician (Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, Keyboard); Photographer; Poet; Thinker. I have food allergies so ask when you invite me for dinner. Lumen accipe et imperti. (receive the light and pass it on) Email me:

Posted on 12/05/2009, in Business Development, Time management and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. love it, Paul 🙂 To-do-lists should be banned!

    Have you used Stephen Covey’s quadrants? do it, plan it, delegate it and dump it. Far more effective than a big long list of “dos”!

    • Paul Allen

      Yes I do use Stephen Covey’s quadrants very helpful. Because of my work I do always have two activities in Q1 It’s good to be able to bump things to Q3 & 4 then ignore them until appropriate.

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