Figuring out which tasks to do first each day can be one of the most complex and time-consuming parts of your day. Many employees get to the office each morning, then spend valuable time searching through their projects, trying to figure out where they should begin.
Rather than working your way down your email list, or tackling problems as they appear, if you want to achieve genuine results, you’ll need a technique for task prioritization.
There are many options out there, from the MIT method to the Eisenhower matrix. Today, we’re going to explore three of the simplest and most engaging choices for beginners.
Let’s get started.
#1 The GTD Strategy (Getting Things Done)
The GTD strategy is a popular strategy for a lot of entrepreneurs and dedicated professionals. This process allows you to efficiently organize your tasks and keep track of what you need to get done so that you can reduce the stress of unfinished and pending tasks.
The concept was first introduced by David Allen in 2001, and it focuses on finishing the open loops in your workplace. For instance, instead of focusing on one task for 25 minutes and jumping to another when that first task is still incomplete, you concentrate on finishing the entire project.
You’ll start by picking the most distracting task that is “incomplete” in your to-do list. Start working on that task, and make sure that you keep focusing it until you feel comfortable saying that it’s “complete”. After that, you can pick the next project to focus on.
To make the most out of the GTD method:
Record everything: With a tool like MeisterTask, you can keep track of everything that needs to be done in your business on a given day or week. Due to the setup of projects and tasks, to-dos can be broken down into manageable pieces so that, one by one, things are completed. This will help you to ensure that you don’t lose track of any unfinished work. Jump into work immediately: Don’t just put things off because you get bored of whatever you’re doing, keep working until you reach your goals. Make reminders: Ensure that you have alerts and reminders in place that show you which projects you need to work on first. If you have a hard time doing this with Agenda, try using MeisterTask’s Google Calendar integration to see your tasks represented as calendar events.
Keep track of your accomplishments: As well as tracking what you need to do, track what you get done too. This will help to keep you motivated. Try leaving finished tasks in a Done section or creating a section on your Agenda where you can see what you’ve accomplished in a given period of time.
The GTD method is an excellent choice for people who have a hard time with procrastinating. You might also benefit from this strategy if you find that you struggle to decide which task you should be working on first.
#2 The Pomodoro Technique
The Pomodoro technique is one of the most well-known task management strategies in the world. It helps you to work more efficiently while ensuring you hit your deadlines.
The central premise of the Pomodoro strategy is that you divide all of your tasks for the day into sectionsContinue reading