Create A To-Do List
Welcome to Video #4.
We are going to discuss how to schedule and create your To-Do list.
I've talked about creating your To-Do list and breaking things down into categories and sub-categories and things like that.
But what I want to do in this particular video is to go a lot deeper so that you can see exactly how to improve on your To-Do list.
So, what we’re going to base this on is with an acronym called SMART. S M A R T.
The S stands for Specific.
The M stands for Measurable.
The A stands for Attainable.
The R stands for Relevant.
And the T stands for Time-bound.
Let me break this up into 5 different parts as I'm showing you now and let's go into specifics so you can figure out – how is this applicable to your productivity and how to help you.
So, first things first, let's look at Specific.
So, we need to take a look at specific and general.
What are the two differences between these two so that we know that the To-Do list that we are currently creating is specific.
So, what I want you to think is I will create a To-Do list outlining my daily agenda.
Like I said earlier, you want to break it down into specifics; not just career and business but personal.
You want to break it down – when you wake up, what are your major To-Do lists that are constantly ongoing.
And then what are the main To-Do lists that you have to have done and which ones are kind of like optional and of course versus “I will be more productive.”
So, rather than thinking I'm going to be more productive today; think I'm going to create a To-Do list outlining my daily agenda.
So, rather than being general; because general doesn’t help us accomplish anything.
In fact, it delays us and prevents us from accomplishing our tasks. And then we want to think specific.
So, as you are going through your whole To-Do list, think specific.
Now, the next thing is Measurable.
Obviously, the items on your To-Do list need to be measurable.
Measurable, meaning that you need to have some sort of successful outcome and that should be observable, and you should be able to see the results at hand and not intangible.
So, in other words, when you are looking at the To-Do list, is it measurable?
Is it something that you can put a priority on?
Because if you can't, and you can't figure out – okay, is this going to take me at least a day, is it going to take me two days?
And you don’t have to be exact, but you have to have a ballpark view of what possible timeframe this is going to take.
So, for example, you need to take a look at the complete list of your daily agenda, and you itemize it according to priority.
So, using the time management matrix that I showed you in the previous video, which quadrants do those belong to? Is it measurable?
Then we look at Attainable.
Is it reachable?
Is it something that we can reach towards?
So, what I recommend that you do is you have a list of tools and resources to create your To-Do list. So, is it attainable?
And the next one is Relevant.
My goal is relevant to my needs or bigger goal.
As I talked about earlier, if you break things up into baby steps, are those baby steps relevant to meeting your future long-term goal/your future long-term needs?
If it doesn’t then it doesn’t really make it relevant and you might want to push that as not urgent and not important.
And that way, you can figure out which quadrant it will belong to.
Writing this down definitely is going to help you out.
And then, of course, we have last but not least, time-bound. I will complete my To-Do list by such and such date.
So, we obviously need to take a look at – is that a priority?
Is that To-Do list going to be reachable by a certain date?
So, after we figure that out, we need to set a timeline.
And if you're thinking, okay, should I set a timeline for all of the exact To-Do list and everything like that?
Yes, but you want to break it down into bits and pieces.
By doing so, that’s going to allow you to see – okay, your constant, consistent To-Do list that you have to do every single day, how much is it taking you as far as time goes?
Because if you know that, okay, you wake up, you brush your teeth and all that stuff – that’s only taking you 15 minutes or even maybe it’s taking you an hour. You can squeeze it down and figure out how to combat it and speed the process up.
And I’ll talk about speeding the process up in just a minute because that is part of productivity as well.
So, the next thing you need to do is to make sure that you keep a diary.
What I would do personally is I would check things up. I would say – is this taking a long time?
And this is not urgent or important, but it’s taking me more time than it is the more urgent and important things.
And because you know that and once you know that, then you can act. But if you don’t know that, you're not going to be able to act.
And then of course, you're going to want to set reminders.
And that we can always use tools like Wunderlist to set timers and set reminders and notify us via iPhone, via smartphone, via email when the things need to be taken care of.
That’s why we have the tools to help us out. But before we utilize the tools, we want to make sure that we have the right knowledge to apply that.
So, that brings us to Video #5, the 80/20 Rule.
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