Friday, July 03, 2009

A Todo List Tackling Strategy

So I'm back from vacation, unpacked, house a bit cleaned up and fairly well rested. Come Monday, the real fun will begin: getting back to work.

Since I've got back, I've been thinking about the best way to tackle my hefty TODO list. Here's the approach I think I'm going to try: give each item on the list exactly 1 hour of attention (unless I finish it, in which case, I'll move on to the next item). Once I've taken a pass through the list this way, prioritize and schedule the tasks with larger blocks of time over the next week or two.

I don't expect to get a lot completed over the couple days it takes me to go through the list the first time, but I do hope to swap in a great many tasks from my TODO list to my brain.

With all these tasks in my head, I should be able to make better planning decisions. If I'm really lucky, my subconscious will even work on some of the tasks when I'm not paying attention.

Either that, or my head will just explode.

What's you're preferred way to tackle a big TODO list after a vacation?

4 comments:

  1. I've been using this off and on for a few months. I really like the concepts. Biggest hurdle is being disciplined enough to make it happen! http://www.pomodorotechnique.com/

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  2. Steve -

    Thanks for the tip!

    -Ben

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  3. Xerxes12:26 AM

    I use tasklists - todo lists sorted using the value/time criterion.

    Here is the concept: http://www.supermemo.com/articles/tasklists.htm

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  4. Xerxes - Thanks for the lead. I love how the system uses an analytical approach to help you work on the right things at the right time.

    -Ben

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