Write down all the things you have to do, then pick the five you are ACTUALLY going to do. The rest of the list becomes the ‘avoid at all costs’ list until you have finished the five most important things.
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1. Write down all the tasks that you could do
2. Pick five to focus on
3. The rest of your tasks are the ‘must ignore’ list. Don’t do them until you finish your first five.
Give me five is based on Warren Buffet's "Pick five" rule. The rule involves creating a list of 25 career goals, circling the top five most important ones, and then focusing solely on achieving those five goals while ignoring the rest until they are accomplished.
The Pick Five rule is important for several reasons. Firstly, it helps individuals to clarify their priorities and focus their efforts on what is most important to them. By narrowing their focus to just five goals, individuals can avoid becoming overwhelmed by too many competing priorities and can concentrate on achieving what matters most to them.
Secondly, the Pick Five rule promotes a disciplined approach to goal-setting and achievement. By committing to the five most important goals, individuals are forced to prioritize their time and energy, and to avoid distractions that may hinder their progress.
Finally, the Pick Five rule encourages individuals to regularly review and revise their goals. Once the first five goals are achieved, individuals can repeat the process, creating a new list of 25 goals and selecting the next five most important ones to work towards.
Overall, Warren Buffett's Pick Five rule is a valuable tool for anyone looking to achieve success in their career or personal life. By focusing on a few key priorities and maintaining a disciplined approach to goal-setting and achievement, individuals can improve their chances of achieving their most important goals.
Zeno’s scheduler organises your day by making you do your longer tasks first when you have the most focus. Get the longer deep work tasks done at the start of the day and work on shorter tasks towards the end as your attention span lapses.
Designed for people who like to organise their day by length of task, we named this one after Zeno’s paradox.
Paperthink’s design is based on the idea that the space a task takes up on a page should be proportional to the importance of a task. One of the downfalls of to-do lists is that all the tasks are the same size, which encourages people to look for quick wins (crossing off the easy and simple tasks) rather than working on the most important ones.
Big projects are hard to make a start on. Keep breaking down goals until they're arranged into manageable subtasks using this dinky little notepad. Ideally all tasks you undertake should be less than an hour, but we know that some of them will need a much larger chunk of time set aside to make progress
“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” - Mark Twain
Frogs are tasks that you’ve been putting off for a long time which somehow never get around to. “I must do that tomorrow” you think. Just as you thought yesterday, and the day before that.Keep track of your frogs and how old they’re getting.
Task bucket is a modified version of the Eisenhower matrix method. The issue we had with the matrix method is that you always need a second piece of paper to list all of your tasks before you start categorising them. This design allows you to make the list first. The second issue that we had with the original matrix was that you often have to decide on urgency and important simultaneously, which can make distinguishing between the two a challenge. Here the two are physically on opposite sides of the list, so you score each one separately.
Right place. Right time. Right task.
Some tasks require you to be in certain places or with certain people. These conditions can act as a roadblock as setting them up takes time and effort.
Batch encourages you to organise tasks with similar conditions onto the same list. Collect tasks over the course of a week and then breeze through them in one go.
The key to having good ideas is to have many ideas. Want to come up with better ideas? Decide on a number of ideas to come up with and don’t discount any until you've hit your target number. Brainstorm notepad has a set number of slots that you HAVE to fill before you're allowed to pass judgement. Picking an endurance challenge? Let's see ‘ultimate camel riding’ alongside 'marathon' and 'cycling'.
Don’t look at your to do list first thing in the morning. You’ll spend half an hour trying to work out what to do next and end up with decision fatigue before your coffee has cooled. Write yourself a daily priority list every night before you go to sleep so that you know what you need to do the next day.