My to do list for this week
This is my current to do list. It’s longer than usual, because of extra product release-related activity.
I sat down and put this list together from a bunch of little notes sitting on the desk, on the calendar, on the cellphone, etc.
This would normally be a no-brainer, but unfortunately, many items on the list are each a project in their own right.
Suddenly, we are not talking about “flying through” the list. Nope, we are talking about crawling through it.
And this is what “flood” looks like: A lot of stuff to do. Very little time to do it all. Things falling off the plate.
To do list, prioritized
Here is how I manage the flood.
I step into a coffee shop, get a latte and “turn off” the world.
I prioritize the list. I color code it. I take a deep breath and dive into it.
To the left is the processed version, where tasks are grouped into eight categories and prioritized. The categories range from Engineering, to Finance, to Marketing, to Consulting (our consulting business is doing well).
Grouping the tasks is very helpful, since several items can be accomplished at once.
Now that there is structure, we can attack the action items.