Increase Your Productivity with a Top 5 List



Have you ever made a "Top 5" list? You know, a list of your top 5 MOST important tasks to do right now?

If not, I'd highly encourage you to give it a try.

In my own experience, the top 5 list has helped to alleviate stress, increase my productivity, and keep me better focused at the tasks I NEED to do -- which is pretty impressive considering it only takes me a few minutes to create my top 5 list each day!

Who Should Make a Top 5 List?

  • Anyone and everyone who has ever procrastinated
  • Anyone who has ever felt stressed out because of a project deadline
  • Anyone who wants to get more done in less time
  • You!

What Should be on Your Top 5 List?

  • The most important things you need to accomplish TODAY
  • Your most pressing deadlines
  • The tasks you are most stressed about
  • The tasks that HAVE to get done, no matter what

Where Should You Make a Top 5 List?

  • Anywhere!
  • On your phone, your computer, scratch paper, sticky notes, in your email
  • I have one top 5 list for personal tasks on the fridge and one for business tasks on my computer

Why Should You Make a Top 5 List?

  • It's less overwhelming to think about and focus on 5 tasks than 25 tasks
  • It gives you a place to start
  • It gives you a sense of accomplishment because you cross your list off sooner
  • It helps eliminate procrastination because your list of important tasks is right there in front of you
  • It gives you small goals to work towards all the time

When Should You Make a Top 5 List?

  • Every day... or multiple times each day!
  • I make my top 5 list every night before I go to bed. That way, I always know exactly what tasks I should start with the next morning
  • Once you complete your top 5 list, make another one

I can usually make my top 5 list in about 2 minutes... and I'm always amazed by how much time and energy it saves me the following day.

What would be on YOUR top 5 list today?

Comments April 19, 2012

I actually do that sometimes.  When I’m having trouble getting motivated, I make a list of the 5 things I need/want/should do right now.  When I finish that list, I make a list of 5 more.  It’s really very effective.  It definitely helps me figure out what I need to be doing at that moment.

cswitch11 February 9, 2013

Every serious individual engaged in some form of employment, production, enterprise or activity desires to have higher output. You don’t need your hochbeet or poor business results to compel you to improve your productivity.

Jess March 19, 2013

Ok.. I am doing it.. I can’t take it anymore.. a WAH momma of 5 I’ve lost my mind.  5Hour isn’t working any longer!!  I guess I have always been a procrastinator of sorts.. multiple sorts.. Is procrastinating really what it all comes down to????  Sigh.  Procrastinating on making a list.. I wasn’t the one who needed a list, are you kidding?

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