Put Action In Your Task List
Stop reading this blog and find your task list for today or this week. Go ahead... I'll wait. Now that you have it in front of you (physically, electronically or mentally), review the list and see how you have listed your tasks. Are they action oriented, or more of a static list? For instance, do you have "Call Mark," or do you have "Call Mark to get approval for budget?" Effective task lists have action words for each task like "write," "create," "find," "post" or similar ones. To really enhance the value of your task list, also put enough information for each item so your brain doesn't have to work on why the item is listed (i.e. Why am I calling Mark?)
You create a task list to be able to take action more efficiently on what is most important. Build your task list in such a way to fully support your desired outcomes.