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Noise Out, Focus In

You see the thing is, todo lists are great aren’t they? I love it when end up with so many things,  just looking at it makes you miserable; so you just start to ignore it all together and begin to wallow in self loathing.

harhar – so I don’t use them right? Wrong.

I use the mother fuckers, but before you delve into that rabbit hole you have to have a system of prioritisation. It’s easier shown, than explained. Here is my current list for prioritisation at work:

  1. email [high pri]
  2. todoist [high pri]
  3. email [unread older than today]
  4. todoist [overdue]
  5. todoist
  6. email [unread]
  7. email [read]
  8. cases

todoist, is the app I use in work to manage the things I need to do outside of our Case Management System. All you need to know is that our CMS has a whole host of cases that need to be done, and once everything above it is complete, I start working through them.

When I come in’ in the morning, it could be overwhelming. There are many components to my job as I’m sure there are yours, but the I don’t have to think about them all. I put the cursor at the top line, are there any high priority emails I need to look at? No – put the cursor at the next line. What’s been marked as high priority in todoist. Work through them a single task at time.

It takes as long as it takes, I’m always only ever focused on one thing. I could go on for hours talking about my “system” of job prioritisation, but it’s not important – different things work for different people. What is important is the ability to easily figure out what the single next thing is you should be focusing on. Then the rest comes down to work ethic and enthusiasm.

[insert irrelevant photo here]

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