This is a post by Anthony Fasano.
I admit it—if I do not have a list of tasks in front of me to check off as I work throughout the day, I am not productive. Is this because I am an engineer? Maybe. However, I can tell you that doing this dramatically increases my productivity level, and in this post I will share some reasons why. The checklist method, so to speak, has enabled me to get about 12 hours of work done in an eight-hour day. I have measured this based on past experience and discussions with other engineers.
Here are five reasons why having all of your tasks laid out in front of you helps you accomplish more:
Facilitates Delegation – When you can view all of your tasks, you can easily identify which of them can be delegated to staff or other team members. This should be done first thing in the morning, so they can accomplish these tasks while you work on others.
Simplifies Prioritization – When you have a dashboard (whether it be online or on paper) that allows you to easily view all of your to-do items, it’s easier to prioritize them. This is critical, because if it’s not done properly, you might be working on a task that is much less important than three or four other ones on your list, which can really hamper overall productivity. [Read more...]