Small Tasks

By Douglas Weinstein
Published on: August 20, 2020

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I imagine that some people are finding it difficult working from a home environment. It takes practice to stay productive. I continually have to remind myself that I need to stay focused on what’s immediately on my plate. I think I’m like most people, I keep a to-do list handy and check off my top three items each day that I know are the most important short-term goals in front of me. It’s the old KISS principle – keep it simple, stupid.

One of the things I’ve learned is that I can fall into the habit of over-thinking those top three items I want to accomplish each day. I list them, then I expand them, then I build a map which begins to wonder and the next thing I know, I’ve actually created 15 new items to add to my list!

So, as a small task, I’ll keep this brief. To stay on track and monitor my progress, I simply list my three top priorities and allow myself no more than 10 words to remind myself of the most important goal I’m trying to achieve. Here’s an example from earlier this week:

Top 3 Goals Today

#1 – Finish edits on the summer issue of TD magazine.

#2 – Outline strategy for xxxxx’s new consumer-facing website.

#3 – Review AR/AP.

So, what I’ve done is to list my top priorities, even though I know others on my team or clients will be pulling me into their orbit. But a short list keeps me focused on actually getting stuff done. Keep it simple. Knock them out. Move on.


Douglas Weinstein

Douglas Weinstein

Doug is the Editor and co-founder of the Technology Insider Group and Technology Designer Magazine. Previously, he was the Executive Director and co-founder of the Elf Foundation, a non-profit organization that created Room of Magic entertainment theaters in children's hospitals across North America.

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