Productivity is one of the things I’m struggling with right now. Something that has worked for me, however, is a mindset of accomplishing three things each day.
Every week on Sunday night or Monday morning, I write down 10-15 of the biggest tasks I have on my plate to move me towards my goals. These tasks vary and can take as little as five minutes to as long as 5 hours. The tasks vary in difficulty as well – from technical, to administrative, to creative.
Sometimes I write tasks that are technically cheating, in order to trick myself into getting things done. For example, instead of writing “I’ll get blog changes completed this week” I write “I’ll get a list of blog changes done this week.” I break tasks down into pieces that can be outsourced if necessary, just in case I’m short on time at the end of the week.
But regardless, I’m very big on the power of three. Every morning, I wake up and complete three items, then I get to relax. Three is a manageable number of tasks, but not so few that if you don’t get all three done you wasted your whole day (unlike the power of one). There is something very powerful in the psychology of three, and three is the number that works best for me.
I’m curious though – what works for you? What are the big to-do items on your list this week? And what information could we share with you to help you get them done faster?