Cute September 2020 Calendar: -Sometimes, all you need is the right word to spur you to action. Verbs have that power. Put them in front of your to-do items and you’ll be more inclined to get the items done. When you phrase a task with a verb, the task comes alive. It goes from being a mere line item on your Cute September 2020 Calendar to be an actionable assignment. The verb triggers something in the brain, prompting it to focus on completing the item. Let’s take a look at a few examples. The following are “tasks” (technically, they’re little more than notes) that lack verbs: Notice how the verbs (start, buy, finish, check, and call) tell us exactly what to do. There’s no ambiguity. You don’t have to guess at the type of activity the task involves. The verb defines it. Also, notice how the verbs make it easier to estimate task completion times. It’s difficult to know how long the task “laundry” will take. But you can “start a load of laundry” in five minutes. Not just any verb will do. There’s an art to choosing the right ones. The key is to be specific. For example, consider the to-do item “contact Bob about the TPS report.” The verb “contact” is helpful, but imprecise. It can mean any of the following: There’s value in choosing the precise verb that defines the task. Again, be specific. Will you call Bob or email him? Will you text him or stop by his office? The right verbs encourage execution. They encourage you to take action. The wrong ones do the opposite. They encourage procrastination. Verbs like explore, plan, and touch base lack specificity. As a result, they’re less effective than verbs like research, draft, and call. These latter choices have more impact because they imply specific actions. They leave nothing open to interpretation.
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Phrasing tasks with the right action verbs will motivate you to take action on them. You’ll be less susceptible to distractions and less likely to procrastinate because you’ll know exactly what you need to do. The result? You’ll get through your Cute September 2020 Calendar and to-do lists more quickly, getting more done in less time. Some of the tasks on your daily to-do list will require input from other people. For example, you might be working on a team-based project and need certain team members to complete specific tasks before you can address the ones for which you’re responsible. Even if you’re working alone, others’ input may be vital to your workflow. For instance, the accounts receivable report you’ve been tasked to complete might require input from someone in your sales department. The conference call you intend to hold may require information you’ve asked a coworker to obtain for you.
It’s important to know, at a glance, which items on your task list require action from other people. David Allen’s GTD advocates the creation of a separate “waiting for” list. This list would include every task for which you’re waiting for someone to act. Personally, I think the use of a “waiting for” list is overkill. If you’ve followed the previous nine steps in creating your master list, context-based lists, and daily lists, you’ll do fine without it. In fact, a “waiting for” list would just overcomplicate your task management system. Here’s my recommendation: write a short note next to each to-do item for which you’re waiting for someone’s input. Detail the type of input you need, its format (email, phone call, report, spreadsheet, etc.), and the date you expect it to be delivered. The expected delivery date will prompt you to follow up with the person if you don’t receive his or her input in a timely fashion. To that end, it will help you to set expectations for others and hold them accountable for needed deliverables. This is critical if your workflow depends on them taking action.
Most people neglect to take this step. They fail to make notes regarding their need for input from other parties. Unfortunately, if their workflow depends on others, this omission will ruin their estimates concerning the time needed to complete tasks. They’ll end up spending valuable time in limbo, waiting for other people to act. This, of course, will hobble their ability to get things done, severely impacting their productivity.
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