Be productive and write your task list in advance

Do you strive to be productive? If you are as likeminded as I am then you do. Today I will discuss an effective time management approach that I use to increase my productivity both when I am writing and when I am at work.

Sound Familiar?

Have you ever come into work and struggled to remember what you were working on the previous day, or what needs actioning today? If this sounds familiar to you then you are not alone, a lot of productive time is wasted across the globe because of a lack of good planning. A lack of planning usually leads to procrastination, “oh I’ll just go onto Reddit for a few minutes”.

What can you do about it?

It’s not all doom and gloom. The internet is littered with ways you can improve your effectiveness and increase your productivity. Below is an approach I use which has worked for me for the whole of my professional life.

Keep notes

I like to keep notes on what I’ve done to complete a given task, this provides me with a repository of information that I can eventually collect together. Having this repository of helps me two fold. It enables me  to add an article to our knowledge base at work containing detailed documentation for future reference and it means that I can dip into this knowledge when putting together posts for this blog.

One massive advantage to taking notes when you work on something is that they enable you to put together a list of tasks to complete in order to finish a project or leave you at a point where you can move on to something else.

Be productive and write your task list in advance

This is where we come to this posts namesake, if you write notes whilst working on something it should be trivial to adapt those notes to a point where you can put together a task list for subsequent days. This is best done if it is one of the last things you do before going home for the day, firstly you summarise what you have done that day and then list anything you need to do in order to finish your project/novel/task. This should mean that when you come in the next morning you have a set of tasks that you can just get cracking on and your notes will make it easier for you to get up to speed on what you were working on the previous day.

Added bonus

One added bonus to keeping notes is that if you are ever asked to put together a report discussing anything you’ve previously worked on you have your research and processes to hand in your notes which you can use to form the basis of your report which will also save you time.

Over to you

Can you improve on any of the tips I’ve discussed here? If you can let me know in the comments.

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Jason Edwards