Jun 092013

A Daily Checklist is one of the great ideas I gleaned from Paperless Home Organization. Using the sample Mystie has as an appendix, I created my own with all the tasks I try to get done each day. Your primary ToDo list has tasks and projects you need to get done. This list has your daily routine items that would clutter the main list but still need to get done.

I have my checklist divided into 5 sections:

  1. Home Routine – Morning
  2. Work Routine – Morning
  3. Work Routine – Afternoon
  4. Home Routine – Evening
  5. Evening Review Steps

In each of these sections I have the items I would like to get done at that time of day. Some items are repeated in multiple sections if they need to be done at multiple times during the day. Some items only show up on certain days of the week.

Things like ‘Quick Calendar Review’, and ‘Scan E-mail’ are in my morning routine. Later in morning work routine I have ‘Inbox Zero – today’s mail’ and in the afternoon ‘Inbox Zero – 10 old e-mails’ My evening home routine has items like ‘Reading’ and ‘Evening Walk’.

By having them on a list I know what I need to get done without having to think about it all the time. If at the end of the day I look at what is left on the list and can make a judgement call on the 2 hours I spent in front of the TV.

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Apr 282013

Eat That Frog!.
Brian Tracy.

You must develop the routine of “eating your frog” before you do anything else and without taking too much time to think about it

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I have added “Label Frog” as the first item on my Daily Checklist.
The second item on my Daily Checklist is “Eat That Frog.”

Each morning I make sure that I have only one item on my Office ToDo List that is ‘starred’ and ‘high priority.’ Hopefully I will get a couple things checked off my ToDo List but this item is my focus each day. I may be interrupted and have urgent items come up but I come back to this item to get it done. Once done, I can go back to my Daily Checklist and check “Eat That Frog” as complete.
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