August 2020 Holidays Calendar: -Everything you do has a purpose. For example, you change the oil in your car to keep the engine in good shape. You file your income taxes on time to avoid penalties and fines. You make a reservation at your favorite restaurant to avoid having to wait 45 minutes for a table. Our goals spur us to take action. We’re less inclined to procrastinate when we’re able to predict the positive result of completing a specific task. All other variables being equal, the more certain we are of the outcome, the greater the likelihood we’ll act. Strangely, many people forget this principle when creating their to-do lists. They write down (or record online) every task that comes to mind. But they fail to associate these tasks with specific goals. Consequently, they end up spending their limited time working on to-do items that matter little to them in the long run. For example, suppose you maintain a blog and record “write a new blog post” on tomorrow’s to-do list. It’s a task you assume you need to do. But do you know the specific reason you need to do it? Are you trying to achieve a particular goal with the new blog post? Perhaps you hope the new post will receive exposure on Facebook and Twitter, resulting in an influx of traffic to your website.
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Maybe you want to give Google another reason to display your blog on its first page of listings for popular search queries. Or perhaps you hope your blog post will gain the attention of influencers in your industry. That can set the stage for making valuable connections and propel you to the position of a thought leader. The point is that you must attach a specific goal to each task on your to-do list. Know the reason each item needs to be completed. If you neglect this step, you’ll be less motivated to get the item done. You may relate to this from experience. If so, don’t despair. I promised to show you how to create to-do lists that spur you to take action, help you to work more efficiently, and increase your productivity. I make good on that promise in upcoming sections.
Before we get there, though, let’s do a quick self-appraisal of your to-do list proficiency. Before I show you how to create task lists that work, it’s worth evaluating the effectiveness of your current lists. It’s not enough to know that you never complete them. You should have a good idea concerning the reasons. To that end, the following questionnaire will help you to assess your to-do list proficiency. It will reveal your strengths along with the facets of task management that may need attention. It’s quick and easy. Simply answer each of the following eight questions, giving yourself a score between one and five. A score of one signifies that you need help and a score of five signifies that you’re proficient. (You’ll note that each of the eight questions below corresponds to the eight reasons we just covered concerning why you’re not getting through your daily list of to-do items.) Tally your points after you answer the questions and find out how skilled you truly are at creating effective to-do lists!
Do you understand the primary role to-do lists serve in a task management system? Do you assign deadlines – a specific date rather than “by the end of the month” – to each to-do item? Do you limit the number of items on your to-do lists to 10? (If so, give yourself three points.) Do you limit the number to seven? (If so, give yourself five points.) Do you create your to-do lists with minimal variability? Focus on the time needed to complete each task as well as each task’s priority. For example, do you have 3-minute tasks listed with tasks that will take 3 hours? Do you have A-priority tasks listed with C-priority tasks? Do your to-do lists limit your options concerning what you should spend your time on?