One of the topics we have often focused on during our company wide management meetings is the importance of maintaining a “to do list”. It registered with me last week that it has been awhile since we have pushed the importance of keeping such a list. In my years in business I have found that the best employees seem to keep the best “to do lists”.
I can recall meetings in which I have spoken to a handful of employees at once. The employees in those meetings who took thorough notes and made an organized list of the objectives set out in those meetings were hands down FAR more productive than those who sat merely as passive listeners.
Each day it is important to maintain and update a personal “to do list” of things you need to accomplish. No matter how small the task, add it to your “to do list” and the odds of completing that task go up exponentially. Upon completion of the given task go back and mark it off your “to do list” which in turn will give you a sense of accomplishment and will motivate you to knock out more of your tasks at hand.
One suggestion regarding your to do list is to keep it within sight. Having a list tucked away inside your desk or buried under a stack of papers does little good. Keep your list within reading distance from your work area and you will be reminded throughout the day of what all you have already accomplished and what else remains to be done.
If you are currently attempting to work without the assistance of a “to do list” then start using one today. By the end of the week you should notice a great increase in your productivity.
Have a great week! Luke
“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” Tom Krause