How To Be More Productive: The Big 3 and Evernote
I can't claim that this is my original system, but while drafting our blogging media plan earlier this week, one of our blogging categories are How To's, and the Big 3 technique is something I've wanted to promote for some time, because it works. Stephen Covey talks about the big rocks in his 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and more recently Leo Babauta wrote about his system Zen To Done System of getting your Most Important Tasks done early in your day. BTW: If you've not heard of Leo's Blog, check it out at http://zenhabits.net.
The Big 3 is a principle where you decide the most important 3 tasks for you to accomplish in your day and get them down as soon as possible. You should decide these what these tasks are first thing in the morning, or ideally the afternoon or night before the following day. These should be things that push you further towards achieving your longer term goals, which should also be written out in terms of the year, the quarter, the month and the week. Of course, revisit these goals often to see how you are meeting them, or how they should be adjusted. The purpose of the Big 3 is that you should make your short list, and attempt to complete every item as early on as possible, so that if a number of other "fires" pop-up that need to be extinguished (customer support issues, emergencies), you can attend to them but still have achieved the items that do the most to move forward your business. It's a simple system, but if you stick to it, I can attest that it works because it forces you to think about the important things that you need to get done on a daily basis, it makes you analyze your goals, and then concentrates on the doing of these tasks, which after all is what makes us more productive. Read more