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
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?
- 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.