I am not sure how many of you do this, but I am a lister. I am the person who always has a list of things to do to get things done. But what I have found is that the maybe 30 minutes a day I spending thinking through everything going on and documenting what is next keeps me on tasks and organized. Plan for your day/week, really take a few moments to think through your work before just starting. The most beneficial aspect of this type of planning is the minimization of stress. Meaning that spending about 30 minutes a day planning through what needs to be done and when it needs to be done allows for a high degree of productivity.
Let me give you some insight into my process…
Every morning when I get to work, I open my OneNote and open 2 notebooks: tasks and role. The “tasks” section is everything that needs to be done by date with details. The “role” section is information and documentation related to my role/function. Additionally, in the task is are my SMART goals (Your Brian at Work & SMART Goal-ing - 2015) - these are not my daily or routine tasks but the goals that will require Influential Leadership and stretch and get out of my comfort zone. The beauty of having my work in OneNote like this is that I can see changes year over year. But further, it is my constant safe source for information related to what is going on, and I can go back and reference previous work. Lastly, it helps me remember what I did during the year for performance management and year-end review.
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