Angelina Marchesi January 9, 2021 Family Checklist
With every new task or project, decide if the effort is worth your time and energy. If you are spending too much time on one project, chances are you are not moving ahead with your goals. Take a good look at your to-do list again and reassess your priorities. Spend a few minutes every morning taking stock of your checklist. How many of those tasks need to get done by you? How many can get done by others? Keep realistic and honest expectations of what needs to get done in a given day. Managing stress is much easier when letting go of those unnecessary tasks.
Writing it down leaves you free to concentrate on other things. Keep your list in front of you, and allow yourself the satisfaction of marking a task as complete. This is a little different from keeping To Do Lists. A checklist tracks tasks that need to be completed on a given project. If you find that you work on the same types of projects repeatedly, consider creating a checklist template for yourself so you can use it over and over again.
Determine your overhead actions (we call them "Placeholders"). These are routine actions including meals that fall within duty hours, routine errands (like picking up the kids), exercise, etc. Overhead actions are part of life but do not move you towards your goals. Estimate the time to FINISH each action. Write each task and its duration on a Daily Planning Sheet. Overhead Tasks are placed separately from your Goal Oriented Tasks.
The final step before submitting your work is to do some proofreading. Most writers do this process. They carefully proofread a certain writing before it will be published publicly in a newspaper, magazine, any reading material or over the internet. This is not an easy task where you will just lay your back down. Note that this is different from editing, where you work on structural and organizational issues. Achieving both consistency and correctness are your goals for this phase of the writing process.
Sort the goal-oriented actions into the order you wish to do them. Set the most important, most remunerative and most difficult nearest the beginning. There is nothing quite as effective as a countdown timer to keep you focused. When you begin a task, set the timer for the duration and hit start. While it is counting down to its alarm you vow to do nothing else but that action. You will be amazed how this will increase your effectiveness.
Effective time management can mean all the difference in your overall quality of life. For instance, do you get to the end of the day and wonder where the time went? If so do you find that you are distracted all the way home by the tasks you know you should have finished? Most people have some kind of experience like this, but it does not have to be the norm. Let`s take a look at strategies you can use to make the most of your professional time so you are not carrying those tasks around mentally during your personal time.