Thursday, July 05, 2007
This is an older post from the smart folks over at 43 Folders that I find myself re-reading every few months or so in my effort to getting things done in the most efficient way possible.
The primary idea of a to-do is that it’s a task that can and should be done – a point that might seem obvious until you start uncovering how many of the items on your to-do list may not belong there (or, conversely, how many uncaptured items do).
The best and most useful to-dos share common qualities:
It’s a physical action.
It can be accomplished at a sitting.
It supports valuable progress toward a recognized goal.
It’s something for which you are the most appropriate person for the job.
Glancing at your own to-do list, do you see any potential troublemakers?
Notice any items that make you squeamish?
Any mystery meat tasks that seem "un-doable" as is?
Relax. 43 Folders will have you shaped up in no time.
I dig using John Blyberg's awesome Card Generator to create my list and then make it my monthly, impossible to ignore, laptop screen saver.