So am I, and I am ready to make a change. Here’s the back story. Did you ever notice that when you go about doing tasks you get bogged down in stuff like email and “do now” tasks? That is the story of my life some days. I never seem to get to the bigger tasks, the ones that I know will bring a bigger return or mean more to me. If I spend all of my time dealing with email and putting out fires, I never get to blogging, and that’s what I really want to be doing. It’s frustrated me for a long time, but I could never seem to figure out what the issue was. Until yesterday.
I was reading through my Google Reader, and came across an article by Chris Brogan titled “Organize Your Business.” Now, there are a few reasons that made me click and read the article. First, I really enjoy and benefit from Chris’ blog posts. I think they are insightful and always get me thinking. Second, it had the word “organize” in the title, and as we discuss all the time, I’m a sucker for organization. I can tell you this article blew my mind, and has me working differently today, the day after I read it.
I won’t go into the whole article, mainly because I want you to click HERE and read it straight from Chris’ point of view, but the main idea is that we are going about getting our stuff done backwards. In the article, Chris says that putting the long-range goals first helps get them done, and those are the ones that bring the biggest return. Chris details his daily workflow for his business as this:
- Long term goals.
- Important projects.
- Urgent tasks.
- Maintenance tasks.
So today, I’m trying just that. I’ve spent the first hour or so of my work time getting a few blog posts done and scheduled for the upcoming weeks. I am about to move on to some projects I’ve been working on, and then later today I’ll get to the “do now” tasks for the day, and then after that I’ll deal with email. I already feel more productive. Let’s hope it sticks.
How do you organize your day? In what order do you get tasks done? Share with us in the comments below.