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Just published: Martha Treat July 2021
The Impossible To-Do List
As I look at clients Next Actions lists my eye will automatically go to the reminders on the list that didn’t quite make it into a doable action.
Report for Andreina
Meet with Noah
The good news is it is written down so not forgotten. The opportunity is in up-leveling the reminder to a specific step that is doable. Otherwise, the Next Action list is no longer a tool that will move things forward.
In the example above, that could translate to:
Look at the numbers in Andreina’s email and copy paste any changes to my excel report.
Text Noah and ask him to set up meeting on my calendar to discuss X.
I’ve told the story of a client who changed all the items on her Next Action list to doable actions when I pointed out an actionless list. A few days later when I was still consulting at her company, she came running in to tell me: “all those actions on my list that have been sitting there for so long are done.”
Clients often question being so specific in writing down the actual physical next step, thinking reminders are more efficient. Once they experience “reminders” sitting unattended on their list longer than necessary, they switch to a doable action. A directionless list is an impossible to-do list. Physical doable next actions offer specific direction.
Jotting things down when you have only a second works great, even if they are initially reminders. The next step is editing our captured items to clarify the actual next physical step to move things forward.
Doable next actions produce a flow of completing energy that engages us to keep moving.
1. Look at your Next Action/To-Do list and makes sure you can actually do everything on the list in one physical step.
2. Keep writing things down regardless. You can edit any reminders into action later.
3. Challenge yourself to think in ‘next action’ steps because many things can simply be done and never make it on to a list.
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