Beyond To-Do: Creating a When-To List


Almost all of us have a to-do list in some fashion or other. Some of us keep an organized list on our computers, while others use an app on our phones. Some of us have things scribbled here and there on sticky notes so we don’t forgot important tasks.

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As Peter Bregman points out in 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done a to-do list is just the first step. Having to do it doesn’t mean you know when or how you’re going to do it. Scheduling when you’re going to do something, instead of leaving it open, determines the difference between intending to do something and actually doing it.

Think of three things you’d really like to get done for work, for your business, or for your personal life. Now get out a calendar and make an appointment with yourself to do them: Schedule a day and an exact time. Just shuffling what you want to do in list form from one day to the next won’t cut it.

Stop back by here and let me know how it goes.


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