You’re working hard, managing multiple todo lists, checking your notes from your wiki/blog/cms/ when all of a sudden, you’re finding that nothing get done anymore, or at an absurdly slow pace.
I’ve found a little trick lately that’s helped me get more done, as it tells me where to focus my efforts, in a very simple and efficient manner. It doesn’t have a name. It’s a simple 3×3 grid, that looks like this:
|Today||Answer RFP for client XYZ||Plan studies for WAS Certification
Plan studies for Lotus Certification
|This Week||Finish year-end report||Verify linux installation on T23|
|Before Dec.31||Finishing touches to RFPtrack||Study for LPI certification||Work on internal Wikis|
With this simple table, I’ve been able to finally get a grip on my end-of-year todos, and start taking away stuff quicker. As new work piles up, i simply add a line item in the corresponding box, and keep working on things, working my way from the top left-most box (Today – Working) toward the right and/or the bottom.
I hope some of you find this useful, I know it helps me.