by Dave Miller
It’s amazing to me the amount of confidence I gained in the past weeks. All from putting a little effort into making task lists.
In building my master plan I started to implement some of the tactics. In long-term planning you need to break down what you want to accomplish in the next few years. Then you look at what needs to be done monthly. Then weekly. Next, look at what needs to be finished today to accomplish the weekly goal.
As I work my daily task list it amazes me at the results. Things get done faster and more efficiently.
I feel a sense of satisfaction looking at the things crossed off. The more I accomplish the more I want to do.
I used to feel as if I didn’t get anything important done in a day. It seemed I was just running around putting out fires that kept flaring up. Because I now prioritize, I know the things that really matter are taken care of. I don’t need to spend the last half hour scrambling in vain do something actually important.
I started writing for 30 minutes before I go to work. My goal is to write 200 words. Sometimes I get to that, sometimes I don’t. Some mornings I just edit something. The important thing is that I spend 30 minutes. Last week I was within ten minutes of posting a blog when I needed to go to work. In the past I would have thought I need to finish it right away and be late for work, or the blog wouldn’t get posted for a few days. That morning it felt good to set it down knowing tomorrow morning it would happen.
I am amazed at the results and the enjoyment with it. I posted three blogs in seven days. Prior to this I was doing well if I got three posted in three weeks.
Having this on my list consistently has opened my eyes. After giving a speech on delegation and how Nehemiah built the walls in 52 days I was asked if I would consider giving this speech at a business. Then as we traveled home Curvin Horning told me to write a book on it. With my confidence growing I was able to calculate the project. In nine weeks of writing two hours a day I could have a 50 page how-to book.
Will I? I don’t know. More importantly I have the confidence to tackle a project that size. So maybe one day I’ll write – Delegation for Dummies – with a subtitle of – Read your bible dummy.
As I discussed the topic of lists with my brother Allen, he shared his experience. When he gets sidetracked he will add the things he did to the list and cross them off. At the end of the day he can review what he did. Rather than seeing four items crossed off he sees all the things he did, giving him a boost in confidence for the next day.
Give it a try. Put three things on your list. List them in importance. Do number one first. Make every effort to finish it without distractions. But if the phone does ring and you need to answer it, do so, and then write it on your list. Now get back and finish the task you started.
Let me know how it works for you.