For when you’re feeling overwhelmed with work

17 10 2009

We’ve all been there at some point.

So many tasks to do, no time to do them all and your head is just bursting trying to not forget all the things you need to do that you end up with a massive headache, you retire to be having done nothing!

This is the time to write those tasks down. In fact I find it useful to keep a notepad near my bedside to jot down the things I must remember when they pop into my head. It’s like removing the thought out of my head on to the pad, leaving me free to sleep easy!

Gather up all the tasks and to do’s and grade them into Important and Urgent, Urgent but not important, Important but not Urgent, and Not Important and Not Urgent.

Now turn them into a check list, with the Important and Urgent at the top.

This helps keep you focused when you get interrupted by phone calls or emails or other interruptions. Decide where on the scale that interruption is and add it to the check list at the appropriate level.

As you complete each task, tick it off. It’s very satisfactory at the end of the day to see how much you’ve managed to tick off.

Any tasks not completed that day can be put on a fresh list for the next day.

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