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Scannable Outcome Lists

Scannable Outcome Lists

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I realized another key for helping manage To Dos.  It's having scannable lists of outcomes.  I keep flat lists of outcomes chunked by area or project.  These aren't the next actions.  They're the results I want to accomplish.  They act as prompts to help me quickly identify next actions.

I keep lists for all my various areas for outcomes:

  • Continuous Improvement: mind, body, career, relationships, financial
  • Projects
  • Ideas
  • Goals and committments
  • Recurring items (such as backup, status reports)
  • Habbits or practices I'm developing
  • Training
  • Information sources (places or people that I routinely browse or pull information from)

In a single view, I can first scan all of my areas.  I can then quickly scan any particular area for outcomes.  What I like about this approach is that I get a bird's-eye view of all the areas that I'm working on.  Because I like to focus on a given area for results, I could easily neglect areas.  This approach keeps important things on my radar and helps keep me balanced.

I use my scannable outcome lists in conjunction with my personal approach for daily results.

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  • I find your blog very interesting, instructive and among all inspiring. I have a question or rather a request; Could you make/illustrate in a more practical manner how you manage the work flow of this post and the “my personal approach for daily results” please?

    :-)

    Thanks in advance

    Regards

    /Christoffer

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