We talk about “Next Actions Lists” a lot around here. 🙂 And that’s because most people work from long, overwhelming lists that rarely get “done.” We’d like to help you change that.
A member of our Steps to Everyday Productivity program asked this question in a live Q&A call awhile back, and we wanted to share the question and answer with YOU! (Either read/watch below or listen to the podcast audio linked above!)
QUESTION: I am having trouble with context-based to-do lists because I feel like I am putting too much on them. I have all these one-time tasks, and it’s just turning into yet another overwhelming to-do list. What’s the best way to manage this?
QUICK ANSWER (but watch the video and listen to the podcast for more detail!):
- Reprioritize what you are adding to your list. Chances are you have WAY more on that list than you can do, and it’s essential to prioritize and then defer as much as possible.
- Make sure you identify the true next action. Most things that hang out on your lists for days and weeks are only there because you aren’t clear about what exactly needs to happen first to move it forward.
- Keep your list short for maximum productivity. Yes, it would seem that productive people must have really looooong lists. But the opposite is true (from my experience). People who get a lot done without burning out have learned to focus on the essentials. You can do this too!
Would you like your very own printable Next Actions List?
We have several layouts available here for you! Just click on the corresponding image to access the Next Actions list that will work best for you!
If you’re looking for a great digital tool to manage the things you need to do (or if you simply want to see what others are doing so you can compare the process to your current system), here’s a podcast that explains a simple way to use Asana.
And if you’re new here, visit our free class!
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