Must Do – Michael Dennis, CBF

Must Do List
Must Do List

A decade or so ago, I carried around a particular brand of Day Planner about 2 inches thick.  I attended a workshop on how to use it, and other workshops on related topics including Prioritizing and Creating a To-Do List.

That was then, and this is now.  I no longer focus on generating daily To-Do lists.  I no longer worry about classifying tasks as: A, or B or a C priority.  Now, I have a Must-Do list which is far shorter than my To-Do list would be.  This allows me to focus on the tasks that must be completed…or else.

Instead of assigning tasks as: A, B or C priorities, I now focus on identifying and completing only A priority tasks.   The rationale for doing is as follow:  I will be very lucky just to complete the A priority tasks each day.  Therefore, I can ignore B and C tasks unless they, at some point, become A priorities.

When I share this technique, I am sometimes asked this question:  How do you keep track of B and C tasks so they do not get overlooked?  The answer is that I don’t track them.  When a B or C task becomes an A priority, I add it to my list and take care of it.  The only time I work on B or C priority tasks is on those rare occasions when I have completed all my A priorities.  Another common question is:  How do you track your Must-Do’s?  As I mentioned earlier, I generate or more precisely update my Must-Do list every day.

Michael Dennis, MBA, CBF, LCM
Michael Dennis, MBA, CBF, LCM

In my opinion, everyone should have a Must-Do list, and focus on it.   In this way, each of us can focus our time, energy and attention on the tasks that are the most important.  I also believe this process may not work for everyone…but it works for me.

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3 Replies to “Must Do – Michael Dennis, CBF”

  1. So true Michael! In this day-and-age, where nearly every department is short-staffed, it seems that the B and C items have become wish lists that are rarely fulfilled. And, unlike the never-ending pile of filing on my desk, it seems that many B and C items go unnoticed and forgotton, whether done or not.

  2. I know my A priorities so I don’t usually need to schedule them, but my B tasks are things I list on my Outlook calendar and do or snooze as time permits. C tasks are those things that sit in the bottom of my in basket or sink to the bottom of the email list.

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