This week’s Weekly Planning Hack, gets you to consider the question “If not now, WHEN”? Many of us have a list of items that sits there. While it is invaluable to get these ideas out of our head and onto a resting place, these lists can grow to be unmanageable and can create a sense of overwhelm in and of themselves.
This week pull out any lists you have been creating and ask the question – If not now, WHEN?
Some items may naturally fall into your calendar (Schedule them!), some may go back onto a new list to immediate To Dos, and others may gravitate to a new long-term list.
In exploring this question, you may find yourself at the end of the process, with yet another long list. Two different frameworks you might apply then:
1. The 4 D Model. Going through that list and further refining it into:
Do it – And give it a time frame.
Dump it – Let go of it.
Defer it – Put it off to another time. (And schedule this in your calendar/planning system.)
Delegate it – Consider who to delegate it to, and when they will do it
2. Prioritization – Using the impact/likelihood matrix (see section 4 of PlanDoTrack or Coaching Business Builder), assign each (or most) of the items a priority. Schedule these in accordingly.
Enjoy your prioritization!
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