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Trim the ‘to do’ list

Posted in entrepreneurship by Steve Sammartino on July 20, 2009

Small tip for startups for today.

Trim the ‘to do’ list and actually deliver on something.

All to often we get caught up in ‘options’ and priorities and a simple solution is to have 1 priority, and 1 thing to do.

Then do it.

Take your to do list and put everything which isn’t number one and file it in a digital format somewhere to return to later. This way you’ll ensure that the ideas and projects aren’t lost.

I know, you know this. I know you’ve heard this idea before…..

But if you’ve forgotten it, or you don’t do it – do you really know it?

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  1. Ned Dwyer said, on July 20, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    I try to have my daily todo list with the thing that I *have* to get done that day. Tends to make sure it gets done.

    On your idea of the digital repository for great ideas, here is Mark Mansour’s post on the “Idealog”
    http://stateofflux.com/2009/04/10/is-the-product-backlog-an-idealog/

  2. ljb2 said, on July 20, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Sounds fantastic, but is it REALISTIC? Usually we have more than one thing to do in a day and as far as putting the other tasks into digital format, unless you mean mobile phone reminder, it will most certainly be forgotten.

  3. Steve Sammartino said, on July 20, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Of course it is realistic. For me my list of ‘projects sites on the right had side of my i-calendar on my mac where I can see it. it could be on your white board or pin board. The point is to do one thing at a time and not multi task. Multi tasking is the greates hoax of all time. Get the key thing done.

    Then promote another single item to do…

    Steve.


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