5 simple steps to structure your emails, tasks and agenda – Step 3: your tasks

Have you read the introduction, Step 1 and Step 2? If not, read those first and then come back.

Step 3: Forgetting and worrying less using intelligent task management

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I have seen so many TODO (task) systems! Written notes, notes in Word files, post its sticked on laptops, walls, …

But very few people:

  • Store TODO’s centrally and digitally
  • Categorize their TODO’s according to their roles (see Step 1)
  • Really get things done while not getting demotivated and stressed

I am keeping all my tasks centrally in Evernote and categorize them in the form of separate notebooks. I have them on my PC, in my browser and on my smartphone. You can use another software, but most important is that you can categorize tasks and store them centrally.

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Every task is a single note, with the task in the title field. I rarely use the text field for notes (sometimes I paste a url, email, … there). I am keeping 8 task lists, which seems a lot. However, besides easy prioritization, it has some good psychological consequences: task lists never explode in size and the fact that every task is a note and one note does not contain several tasks, you will be able to ‘delete’ tasks (notes) every week, which motivates the animal-me and will motivate the animal-you.

How I use them: every time I am notified of any task I should complete later than this week, I directly add it to my task list. Mostly this happens using my smartphone. More urgent tasks go to the agenda directly (see further). Every Sunday I revise my tasks lists (see further).

How do you know you are managing tasks the right way? Tasks should never accumulate. It’s that simple. Usually I have max 10 tasks per list.

If they do accumulate, it means one of the following:

  • You are not completing them (find the reason and solve the (procrastination) issue)
  • There are tasks on your list that others should do (delegate)
  • Some of the tasks should never be done (press DEL)

Still surviving? What are the problems you face, comments/questions you have??? Curious about your comments! 👇👇👇

A real die hard and ready for the next Step? Go to Step 4

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