Simple strategy for getting things done - Treehouse Blog Learn to code. Start your free trial with Treehouse. Home Subscribe Free trial Industry Simple strategy for getting things done Ryan writes on January 9, 2007 Share with your friends Your Name Your Email Recipient Email Enter a Message I read this article and found it very interesting, thought it might be something for you. The article is called Simple strategy for getting things done and is located at http://blog.teamtreehouse.com/simple-strategy-for-getting-things-done. Captcha Submit I’ve been trying a new strategy and holy biscuits, am I getting a lot done. Every day, I grab about 10 things off my “This Week” list and put them on my “Today” list. Then (and this is the key) before I even open my email program, I try to knock at least two things off my Today list. It works 🙂 I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: email is a great way for other people, instead of yourself, to dictate what you do on a day-to-day basis. Take control by doing what you want to do, before responding to what others want you to do. business 0 Responses to “Simple strategy for getting things done” Harry on June 2, 2009 at 5:26 pm said: Ryan, that’s a simple method, worth a try. You may want to check out http://www.GoalsOnTrack.com , a very nicely built web app designed for tracking goals and todo lists, and has time tracking. It’s clear, focused, easy to navigate, worth a try. Reply W on February 5, 2007 at 6:17 pm said: oh wait.. I read devel-random… damn foiled again! Reply Tracy on January 12, 2007 at 11:21 am said: Thanks for the tip. I’m trying as best as I can to stay on focus and less distracted. Some days are better than others. Reply Ken Walker on January 10, 2007 at 4:32 am said: Thanks for the tip. I would add the web browser, too, to that list of things to leave closed before 10 AM. This, especially, after having Macworld speculation all morning. 😉 Reply Jeremy Graves on January 9, 2007 at 5:36 pm said: Funny how small changes in behavior make us more productive. Another favorite strategy is DYM (delegate your misery). However, not recommended at home 🙂 Reply Mike Papageorge on January 9, 2007 at 1:06 pm said: I do something similar – see Move big rocks before sunrise. I’ve found it definitely helps to increase productivity, and if you can get things for clients done before they wake up, all the better. Reply Edward on January 9, 2007 at 11:57 am said: Along the same lines, I found changing my email settings from ‘check for new mail every 2 mins’ to every 15 mins has made me much more productive. Reply John Topley on January 9, 2007 at 10:16 am said: “Holy biscuits” – I like that! 🙂 Reply Mark Caudell on January 9, 2007 at 9:10 am said: Being PC based (hiss) at the moment I’ve not been able to find myself a decent to-do list programme so I’ve been using a Google Homepage module that allows me to prioritise entries and I add to it through the day and deal with the high priority ones as soon as I get home whether freelance or household based. I find the best thing is to get the small things out the way quickly first leaving the two big things. When I come to these big (time/effort) items I break those down into smaller items and get those done in a priority order. This technique I find helps me be super efficient with getting things done in the few hours a night there are between working and sleeping. Reply Jacob Wyke on January 9, 2007 at 8:43 am said: Yeah this is a great idea. I often advise people to do a “procrastination buster” and knock off 3 tasks that they have been putting off before starting anything else in the morning. This then gives you extra motivation as you have finished some of the tasks that you were most dreading to do. Reply Richard Adams on January 9, 2007 at 1:17 am said: Ooh, nice idea! Reply Greg on January 9, 2007 at 1:04 am said: Good point Ryan. Same holds true for RSS so Carsonified doesn’t distract you and send you on a long a.d.d. ride. hehe Reply Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. Name * Email Address (will not be published) * Website Want to learn more about Business? Starting a business involves a wide variety of interdisciplinary skills. Learn about the basics of marketing, sales, finance and product discovery. Learn more Stay current Sign up for our newsletter, and we'll send you news and tutorials on web design, coding, business, and more! ©2017 Treehouse Island, Inc. About • Careers • Blog • Affiliate Program • Terms • Privacy • Press Kit • Contact Stay current Sign up for our newsletter, and we'll send you news and tutorials on web design, coding, business, and more!