People ask me all the time how I get so much done? Or, how can I have so many things on my plate at once and not forget things? I’ve devised a very comprehensive list system that takes advantage of GTD and Evernote using The Secret Weapon, but hands down one of the most important things I’ve implemented is getting the hardest thing done when I start a day.
We all have lists
If you’re like most people you have a list somewhere. It might be in your head, it might be on a computer, it might be a plain piece of paper. Everyone has things to do. However, just because you have a list doesn’t mean you tackle it in the most efficient way. Typically we tend to do the easy items, then get distracted and then only tackle the hard items when a hard deadline is on the line. While that often works (even for me – it’s not like I’m Batman) it’s not the most efficient way to get things done, nor does it give you the most satisfaction.
Next time you look at your list, look for the hardest item on it. Figure out everything you need to get it done and set aside the morning to get it done. You’ll be amazed at how good you feel afterwards and how the rest of the items just fly off your list. You’ll probably have one of your most productive days.
This write up was inspired by the folks at Work Smart. Check out a great video entitled: Work Smart: Do Your Worst Task First (Or, Eat a Live Frog Every Morning).