How do you make sure a task gets done? Some experts advocate to-do lists, with items ranked in priority order.
Other experts, like Peter Bregman, author of 18 Minutes, believe we ought to make appointments with ourselves in order to accomplish things.
“We should all be working off our calendars, not our task lists,” says Bregman.
Think about it this way, he says: Are you more likely to miss an appointment with someone in your calendar? Or skip doing something on your to-do list?
“There’s a tremendous amount of evidence that points to the fact that if we decide when and where we are going to do something, we’ll do it,” he says. “But if we simply decide we want to do it ‘some time today,’ we are far less likely to accomplish it.”
So if you want to get something done, decide when and where you’re going to do it. And make an appointment to check it off your list.
-- Adapted from “Live Chat with Peter Bregman,” The Wall Street Journal.