This is a link to an article on Frank Viola’s Beyond Evangelical blog. I like his recommendation for increasing one’s personal productivity. Maybe it’s because it reminds me of the lessons I learned as a brand new sailor aboard my first submarine, USS TREPANG (SSN 674). My Chief at the time had this method of writing out all of his upcoming tasks with a check box beside each one. Then he would rewrite the list each day, bringing forward what didn’t get completed and adding any new tasks. It seemed like a good idea to me and I have been using it ever since, adding my own personal tweaks along the way.
Part of why this works, I think, is because it involves having to think about and prioritize what needs to be accomplished, which is easy enough to just shrug off without a little concerted effort (at least for me). Another reason it works is because people love check boxes. I mean, come on, doesn’t everyone enjoy the sense of accomplishment when putting that check in the box?
Any alternative or additional recommendations for making efficient use of our day?