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The probem: At some point in a process, managing a company or yourself, you have so many tasks or ideas. Your mind is rotating. You get under stress. Little progress is done. You are more driven than driver.
- (1) make a physical list of all the tasks or ideas
- (2) put them in priority order
- (3) focus on the top three items, push the other items from you mind (they are on the list anyway)
- for some time, until you have finished one or two of the tasks, focus on the work to get done.
- after that, rework the list.
- when the list becomes small enough, the stress is gone, if you feel relaxed, burn the list.
This can be seen as personal strategy pattern.
Reasons for not concentrating on the top priority alone:
- usually one can't be sure about the exact priorities
- usually one is working more efficiently by interleaving/multitasking different kinds of works.
- three tasks still give you a choice - depending on your mood or activity level - to work on something you are motivated to or prefer in the moment. It doesn't make you a complete machine.
See also: GimmeFive
By the way, one could also think about the top three priorities of Meatball. One can imagine that there is a tremendously long list of things to do. Are we aware of it, as a community? Do we know about the priorities? -- HelmutLeitner