Taming The Massive To-Do List With One Simple Practice

This simple strategy has helped me stay on track with my goals and to-do's for many years. Let me know how it works for you!
Christi Hegstad July 7th, 2019

What strategies help you achieve a sense of fulfillment each day?

One of my favorites is what I call the Daily Top 3.

Instead of becoming overwhelmed by a massive to-do list or continually checking little things off but not making headway on important goals, the Daily Top 3 can help you stay focused on the big picture while addressing current necessities.

This week, implement the Daily Top 3.

As soon as possible in the morning (or even the night before), look at your goals for the week, appointments for the day, deadlines, and to-do’s.

Taking all of those into account, select your 3 most important tasks for the day – the 3 that, even if the rest of the day goes haywire, will allow you to go to bed with a sense of accomplishment.

Then (and this is important!), separate those 3 items from the rest of your to-do list. Write them on a sticky note or your office white board. When those high-proirity items are complete, feel free to wander back to the massive list and see what else you can address.

This may require some experimentation, and yes, other things may arise throughout the day that need your attention. But by developing a habit of prioritization, you’ll begin to more naturally discern between urgent and important, and will likely see an improvement in your focus as well. Let me know how it goes!

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