Posted by: Eric Wichhart | November 3, 2011

Make a list

Have you ever felt like at the end of the day you didn’t get anything accomplished? It can happen to the best of us, the phone keeps ringing, emails keep popping up, and people keep coming into your office to ask that simple little question. I know around here I get my best work done when everyone is out of the office. A simple little trick to make sure you get the important items accomplished for the day is to make a list. I use the Sticky Notes utility that comes with Windows 7, so the list is always in front of me. Start off the day making a list of ten things you need to accomplish, with the most important being the top item. Then start with #1 and work your way down the list. The goal is to complete the first two items, not the whole list. If you complete more than the first two, that is great, but we only want focus on the first two items. As you complete each item, erase it from the list, this way each time you get back to work you know where you left off on your list and won’t waste time trying to get back on track. At the end of the day you will have accomplished a few tasks on your list. Then tomorrow morning you can arrive at your desk, add some more tasks to your list so you have ten and know that at the end of the day you will have been productive and have a sense of accomplishment.

Crossing this off my list…

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