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|Today’s tip: Purge Your Task List Once a Month|
No matter how hard you work, your list of things to do grows bigger each week. There’s only one way to maintain a healthy to-do list, and here are the steps for doing it:
Here’s a simple set of productivity rules for purging your task list (should take only 15-20 minutes each month):
- Run through your master task list, goal-related tasks, and any lingering tasks from your daily to-do list
- Decide which ones you will realistically do — important to your work, family, and personal goals — schedule these for a date over the next month
- Move other tasks you still want to do sometime in the future to your someday-maybe list — read this post for tips
- Select a few tasks that can be delegated to a co-worker, friend or family member
- Delete tasks which don’t feel feasible given your current time availability — tell yourself if the task is indeed important enough it’ll pop back up at a later date
- Schedule your next list-purge appointment for a month later
Having a huge list of things you need to do can become stressful and overwhelming. Purging your to-do list is the only way to maintain a healthy and realistic level of pending commitments.
Don’t let yourself become overloaded, make time this week to purge your list and plan the best choices for your future time.
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|Day-Timer Spokesperson Jeff Doubek can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org|