Imagine this all-too-familiar scenario. You open up your task list expecting to see a handful of bite-sized, manageable to-dos that can be completed within the confines of your workday.
But as you begin to scroll down, you’re confronted by something which reads like a huge project: “Complete Final Report” or “Deliver Mockups.”
“Wait a minute,” you tell yourself, “What am I responsible for here? Who’s doing what? Where are the individuals deadlines?”
About now, you’re probably ready for your third cup of coffee…
Vague tasks are often are comprised of several smaller tasks which, if unaccounted for, will throw your workflow out of whack when you’re nearing a deadline.
The good news is, there’s a better way to write your tasks.
Not only will this technique help you overcome procrastination, it will ultimately give you the clarity and direction you need to move your projects forward quickly.
Poorly written tasks will lead you to underestimate what actually needs to get done, when it needs to get done, and how it’s going to move your larger priorities forward.
A well-written task will help you work more effectively and efficiently.
Without giving our tasks the required context, we risk getting blindsided by deadlines and scope creep.
To move projects forward, it’s imperative that we finesse our task-writing skills.
The ideal task includes four components: