Oh yes, we all love making to do lists, don’t we?
If you’re like me, you may have a problem deciding where to start on your personal to do list. It’s so long, it paralyzes you with inactivity.
With apologies to Stephen Covey, and other time management gurus, here are four unique ways that I sometimes use to determine where to start:
1) EASIEST - Examine the list and determine which one is the easiest and get that one done first. It gives me confidence that I can take on the next task.
2) FUN – Which task would be the most fun? My thought on this is why not have fun, AND scratch something off the to do list.
3) CHEAPEST – If the bank account balance is a little light, or I have a lot of bills coming due, I’ll pick something that is low, or no cost.
4) AVOIDANCE – Admittedly, this is my last resort. But it has to be one of the options. Other “more important” activities – NCIS marathon, favorite team is playing on TV, etc. - may present themselves, and you have to be flexible, right?
How do you decide where to start on your list? Do you use any of the techniques that I use, and if you do, are you successful in trimming down your to do list?