Find Time for Your To Do List – Reviewing

To Do ListReviewing your to-do list is an excellent way to keep it relevant.

We’ve been discussing finding time to manage your to do list these past several days, starting with planning and then moving to prioritizing and de-cluttering your list.  (We also took a small Cyber Monday detour and looked at some on-line “To Do List” tools!)

Now, last up?

Reviewing.

Finding time at the end of each day to review how you did at addressing the items on your list is a key ingredient in making this work for you.  It doesn’t need to be a lot of time, but even the briefest of reviews will give you the opportunity to learn from your experience, and will sharpen your planning for the coming day.  Neglecting this piece is a little like driving with only one headlight.  You’ll still be able to see the road ahead, but not as clearly as you might.

If reviewing the entire day is daunting for you, you needn’t do it all at once.  This kind of reflection can take place at any point throughout the day.  When you have your To Do List handy, you might even try using my “Two-Column Method” as a review tool, jotting down your thoughts and experiences as the day unfolds, and then looking it over when you do your review and planning for the next day.

Planning

It is helpful to follow your review with your next cycle of planning.  That way, what you have learned is incorporated immediately into the next day’s road map!

Here’s one specific way you might do this.  It’s called The 18-Minute Plan!  Late last month Lifehacker posted a piece by Rosa Golijan about managing your day and keeping on track with your to do list, all in 18-minutes!  The post, based on an article by Peter Bregman on the Harvard Business Blog, advises 5 minutes of planning at the start of your work day, five minutes of reviewing at the end, and hourly, 1-minute check-ins as the day progresses.  That’s it!

Do you already review your daily activities as part of your time management process? Are you ready to give it a try? I’d love to hear how it goes for you … so please feel invited to drop me a line!

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Let’s explore time together …

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