Welcome to Day 52 of my #100DaysofBulletJournalIdeas Project!
Idea 52: Number your Tasks
Number your Tasks
Today I thought I'd share one of my favorite productivity techniques: numbering your tasks.
You've probably heard of a top 3, where you number your top 3 tasks that must get done today. Whether you do them in the order numbered or not is up to you. The idea is that if you only get those three things done, then you've had an awesome day. I find that, though I like this concept, a top 3 isn't always feasible. There's either more or less I need to focus on, and sometimes a task can be pretty time consuming so I end up having a top 1.
Another way to number tasks - and it's the way I use this concept most of the time - is by writing down all the tasks that come to mind first, such as all the tasks that I need to do today, tasks I need to do some time - pretty much everything that comes to mind, I write in my Daily Log.
Next, I number them in the order that I want to get them done. This helps me whenever I feel especially scatter-brained and feel like I have a million things clamoring for my attention. This helps me figure out the next thing I need to get done in order to focus.
When I'm numbering the tasks, I keep in mind the time that I have and number according to my energy. I even sometimes write in lunch and snack breaks and number them within the rest of my task list because I'm known to work through the whole day without eating much, which is why eating regularly is a constant thing I'm working on.
1. Write down everything that comes to mind on your Daily Log (need to do today, need to do sometime - any and everything that comes to mind)
2. Number the tasks in the order you need to do them
3. Consider the time you have to do each and add snack breaks in between to keep your energy up
4. Consider your energy levels with each task and how much time each task may take you
5. Feel free to jump around to help you keep your momentum going
Don't beat yourself up or feel bad if you don't get everything on your Daily Log done today. The important thing is that you wrote down everything you wanted to get done. In my experience, I have found that I eventually get things done. Writing things down to begin with helps me keep them in mind.
Hope this tip helps you out! If you ever feel pulled into a million directions - and who doesn't - I recommend trying this idea out sometime!
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