When getting organized, the first step is putting together a list. From something as simple as a shopping list to a complex project management Gantt chart the act of putting together the list is beneficial. A discussed in the book The Businetiks Way, the brain has no sense of time. The brain expects that everything you have to do needs to be done now. That causes stress. Recording what you have to do, whether it is on a piece of paper or in a sophisticated program takes that stress off the brain. But a list is just a list. To get the most out of it, there are certain steps you must take.
- Look at the list: A list put somewhere that you don’t look isn’t any help. Make sure checking your list is a routine part of your day.
- Ensure your list is complete. If you have to figure out steps for something on your list, you’re putting the stress back on your brain. Include all necessary steps on the list.
- Make it as simple as possible, but not simpler. You can make your list too simpler. It may be necessary to make your list more complete by adding deadline and priorities. You may need multiple lists where one list depends on the completion of another (like a Gantt chart). If your list needs to get more complicated to serve your needs. Don’t be afraid of that complexity.
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