5 Lists to Make You More Productive

Goals list. Those who put goals to paper are 33 percent more likely to accomplish them.

Distraction list. Chris Bailey, in his book Hyperfocus, suggests staying on task by immediately writing down thoughts that distract you and setting them aside to deal with later.

To-don’t list. Steve Jobs once said, “Focusing is about saying no.” Write down tasks you don’t want to prioritize, so it’s easier to do.

Wins list. Keeping track of your accomplishments and victories will give you a handy dose of motivation when you need it.

To-delegate list. The 70 percent rule of delegation says that if someone can do a task 70 percent as well as you can, let them do it. Keep a list of tasks to pawn off on someone else, freeing you to focus on what you do best.

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