During the first week of the Challenge I wrote about SMART Goals. As a quick refresher, SMART is an acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timebound. Having SMART Goals brings clarity and having SMART tasks simplifies execution and boosts task achievement.
One of the main reasons why getting my work done was so difficult in the past was due to my habit of writing fuzzy to do lists. For example, I would write "work on fundraising", or "complete report" on my to do list. My poor brain would go haywire trying to execute such a fuzzy command.
Once I turned my fuzzy tasks into SMART tasks, my progress skyrocketed. Now I have on my to do list tasks like:
1. Write thank you letters to the Callaway Foundation, The Marcus Foundation, and Publix Charities.
2. Write the narrative section and upload budget documents for the XYZ foundation.
3. Upload supporting documents for the XYZ foundation.
It is important to mention that before I start a project, I break it down. This helps me to see what documents and information I will need before I add it as a task, therefore I can request everything that I need before I start working on the assignment.
Turning my tasks into SMART tasks has been a game changer for me. If you don't do this already, try it and let us know how it works for you. How do you make your to-do-list more manageable?
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