The task list is not a to-do list. To-do lists become shopping lists of “someday-I’ll-get-to-it” miscellaneous stuff. A task list, on the other hand, is a tool to help you keep track of work-related things that need your eventual attention. This list will ensure that they are addressed when you finish your most important activities for the day.
Make a new task list each day and transfer over any tasks that weren’t
completed. For example, let’s say when you check your e-mail, you have a
request from a client who wants to discuss a new project. This needs to be
taken care of, but you don’t want to lose focus on your top 20 percent
activities. (See my blog post Don't Just Work, Work on the Right Things.) You note the need for follow-up on the task list to ensure it gets
handled later that day. On the other hand, a text message from your spouse
reminding you to pick up the dry cleaning does not go on the task list.
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