Focusing on what matters most. Each day we are faced with a myriad number of choices on how we should spend our finite time and energy. One of the ways to do this is to focus on our goals and the tasks that will enable us to get further down the road on achieving our long-term goals. One way to do this is to focus daily on a handful of tasks that will help us move forward. If you have read any articles about MITs (most important tasks), then you know the importance of selecting and focusing on specific items every day. If you don't know about MITs or need a refresher, here are some basic concepts.
MIT basic system….
- First pick 3 to 5 tasks each day. These are task that will help move you forward. Ask yourself, What 3 to 5 things can I do today that will help move me forward towards accomplishing my goals?
- At least one of the tasks needs to be related to personal goals.
- It is recommended that the MITs be listed separately from any other tasks that you need to complete during the day.
- Work on the most important tasks first (in the morning).
- Set a deadline or estimate how much time is needed and then try and beat the deadline or time. (I use a timer. It helps me stay focus and encourages me to work quicker.)
- At the end of the day, evaluate your progress.
The MIT (Most Important Task) Planner was designed as a standalone planner or to be used in conjunction with your current daily planner. I have found that most of my MITs require several steps or subtasks to accomplish. The form designates a space for 4 daily MITs and their subtasks. There are 3 styles of which 2 are perpetual and the other one contains 365 pages with the day's date, week day & year. The difference between the 2 perpetual MIT planners is the date section. One of the planners has a fill-in section. The other planner contains a date but not a year. Also within each style is the option to choose either a planner with additional task section or a larger note section.
The most important thing is to find a system that works for you and then follow through by using that system and achieving your goals.
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To see all of the available MIT Planners, click here.