Recently, I launched my 10 Commandments of Time Mastery. Since then I have had a lot of great feedback on it, in particular the 1+2 Plan, a simple way of planning and prioritising that allows you to focus. This builds on Chet Holmes’s approach, and I’ve built on it and worked it into my routine.
Here’s how it works: list the six most important things you need to get done the next day.
The problem with a long list is that you almost never finish it. Rather than making the mistake of thinking that your long list is your to-do list, view it as merely a bucket from which you will create your to-do list. Psychologically it is a big boost to finish all six items on your list, and to know that they are the most important items. As Chet Holmes puts it: “list the six most important things you need to do and, by hook or by crook, get those six things completed each day”.
Before the end of every working day, do the following:
- Plan the next working day in detail and the following two working days in outline (this is where the 1+2 comes from). Allow 15 minutes for this solo slot in your diary.
- Assign a length of time to each task.
- Put tasks into your calendar for the next three days. This is your to-do list! Draw from your long list as needed.
- Prioritise! Put the most important task first in each day.
- Do not over-fill your days. If you work eight hours, plan no more than 5-6 hours of tasks, to allow time for emails and unexpected meetings. Stuff happens!
Setting aside 15 minutes to plan your time may feel like a waste. But I know from experience that it will focus you, save you time, and increase your impact dramatically.
Why not try the 1+2 method out? Since I’ve committed to doing it I’ve seen a transformation in how I prioritise and get things done effectively.
For more on this, see my previous blogs on the 1+2 Plan, and check out my 10 Commandments of Time Mastery that I mentioned earlier. Sign-up below and I will send it to you! I’d love to hear how you find the 1+2 method – let me know how you get on! You can leave a comment below or on Facebook.