Feb 24-March 2 – Why You Never Finish Your To Do Lists at Work

This article is called “Why You Never Finish Your To Do Lists at Work (And How to Change That)” (http://www.forbes.com/sites/dailymuse/2013/02/10/why-you-never-finish-your-to-do-lists-at-work-and-how-to-change-that/). This article talks about how often times people will create to do lists, but never manage to actually complete them within a day due to procrastination and other external/internal factors. There are 5 main tips that you can use into order to increase productivity and plan your day better. Firstly, keep a single to do list for work which you can constantly refer to throughout the day, because the more you scatter your to do items, the harder it will be for you to accomplish everything. Next, you must follow the 1-3-5 rule, which means that on any day, you should only have about 1 big task, 3 medium tasks and 5 small tasks to accomplish, because this is a reasonable amount and is realistic to accomplish within a single day. Thirdly, you should complete atleast one significant task before lunch, and it should be your least favourite one because you will most likely have the most energy before lunch time. Next, you can put your to do list on your calender, so that you are scheduling tasks more than listing them so that there is a certain time to accomplish each task. Lastly, you should reduce meetings to increase productive time because some unnecessary meetings just take away from your time which can be put to better use in terms of planning your day. I feel that this relates to our BOH course because it relates to the planning unit and what we are working on in class right now, which involves better time management and work ethic, since creating and effectively using to do lists is a good way to plan your work day, and also relates directly to effective leadership.

The topic that this relates to is “Planning and Controlling – Planning Tools and Techniques – explain the use of effective short-term planning tools and strategies (e.g., policies, operational plans, planning approaches).


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