paul bennett

Three steps to getting stuff done

Posted on: January 15, 2009

As we become inundated with more and more data, there is more to do, less time (seemingly) to do it in and more pressure to organise, categorise and find the relevance in all that information.

Case in point – I have a full time job, 3 kids (soon to be 4), do some freelance work to help pay the bills, am completing a degree via correspondence study and on top of this I do a fair amount of volunteer work for my church.

For me time-management isn’t an optional nicety – it’s critical for managing all the busy, and often conflicting facets of my life and ensuring nothing slips through the cracks.

Amongst all this madness I’ve found one sure-fire low-tech way to manage conflicting priorities and deadlines.

  1. Grab a piece of paper – not Notepad, not some online note-jotting thingy. On that piece of paper write down the things which need doing today. Resist the temptation to do this online – I guarantee technology will distract you in some way.
  2. Do the quickest and easiest ones first.
  3. Switch off any distractions (email clients, twitter, extra apps you don’t need), prioritize the remaining tasks and work through them one at a time.

It really is that simple.

Note: no computer involved, no web 2.0 application required, just the ability to write, prioritize and focus.

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