I use “to do” lists all the time. But the way I use them may differ from what most people do.
Before I begin describing the “to do” lists method I have created for my personal use, I want to back up the importance of using lists.
Some of the best business books I have ever read credit “to do” lists and planning to the whole of the Author’s success.
Those books are:
Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography
How I raised Myself From Failure to Success in Selling – Frank Bettger
Auto Wealth For Grads – Matterson
Losing My Virginity – Richard Branson’s Autobiography
I highly recommend them.
Okay, this is what I do:
I go to a local stationary store and buy a pack of notepads (at least 6). The small kind 5 X 8 inches.
I label one of them:
“To Do (main)”
“To Do Next”
“To Do This Week”
“To Do Today”
and finally “Scratch Pad”
Actually I can have several “To Do (mains)” I currently have two because I have had a lot of ideas lately so the lists keep filling up. (Acutally, you can do whatever you want including ignore all of this. As I have mentioned before, I am not here to teach. I just show what I do.)
So the main list can be as long as necessary. I throw all of my ideas that require action there (as opposed to general ideas/thoughts about how something should function, etc., that don’t require action. <–Those go into my notebooks)
Next I funnel the main “to do” lists down into the “to do next” list.
I do that by reviewing all (or most when I’m lazy) of the main “to do”s and assigning each a number between 1 and 10 based on priority. I write that number on the main list(s) and then I take about 20-30 of the highest ranking ones and put them on the “next” list.
The next list is what I use to begin all of my scheduling...