No More Than Four Items on Your To Do List

Written by Theresa Shafer. Posted in Rules of Thumb

From Tom Peters Blog “The Single Most Important Thing

Consider these Four Cardinal Principals:

  1. Time is more important than money. (It is the only truly constrained resource.)
  2. You = Your Calendar. (You are What You Spend Your Time On as much as … you are what you eat.)
  3. “To-Don’ts” are as important, or more important, than “To-Dos.” (What’s not on the list is perhaps more important than what is.)
  4. Your To-Do List must never be more than 4 items long. (You can have an “errands list” but the real To-Do List must never run beyond four.)

 What I really think he means here is that you should never have more than four top priorities. The Marine’s “Rule of 3” (never give a squad more than three objectives) is even more conservative, and perhaps more appropriate to startups. Finally, a successful project manager never gives a meeting more than three objectives.

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