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The “Bucket List” That Will Make You 10X More Productive

Posted February 24, 2013 by Marcy Twete in Life After Five
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On “Productivity Sundays” here at CGN, we try to give you truly revolutionary ideas in the realm of productivity in your life and in your work. This is one I hope will be just as revolutionary for you all as it has been for me. Inc. says this practice will “Increase Your Productivity (Not Your Hours),” and we LOVE it!

Think about your work in A, B, and C buckets.

Bucket A: These are tasks you have to get done right and get done now. The work that truly matters to your core business. You better, for instance, be able to handle a customer service matter right the first time an individual calls.

Bucket B: These assignments don’t have to be perfect or great, but you probably should get them done (it will be noticeable if you don’t): your logo on an invoice, a voice recording for when you’re out of the office, appropriate packaging for your shipments.

Bucket C: The stuff in this category is usually stuck in a drawer somewhere, or at the bottom of a long-forgotten list. You hope they don’t come back to bite you, though some of them might. When you’re running a small business with only a few employees, you have to make choices.

By dividing your tasks into buckets, you will be able to decipher quickly the importance of each piece of your work. Which bucket would you like to be working on regularly? Structure your week and your work to accommodate your preferences.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."