For many people, the go-to productivity tool is a simple to-do list. However, this is not the most effective way to manage a workload, because it does not allow the user to think in the long-term. To-do lists often leave professionals thinking solely in the short-term, rather than focusing on the big picture. In a recent article for Fast Company, author Stephanie Vozza suggests six productivity techniques than can help professionals move past the classic to-do list.
- Develop a personal mission statement to guide how you prioritize tasks and plan out your weekly time.
- Schedule your day by energy and attention, allocating lower-attention tasks into lower-energy times and vice versa.
- Establish an accountability relationship with either a friend or an app, such as Focusmate.
- Develop some key questions to ask yourself each day in order to check in on whether you are remaining on track and motivated.
- Schedule one “power hour” each day where you have no interruptions and can focus on your highest-attention tasks.
- Take the time to define your long-term goals, then break them down into smaller sub-goals and action steps.
For more details, click here to read the article in full at Fast Company.