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Track Your 3 Most Important Tasks For Writing Success

by Jennifer on April 28, 2011

I came across this productivity tool through Leo Babauta‘s blog, Zen Habits. I’ve been using it for awhile now. It‘s an extremely effective way to prioritize your daily tasks and accomplish a lot more than you even realize.

The 3 Most Important Tasks (MIT) are the 3 tasks you must accomplish that day—whatever they might be. I recommend at least one of those tasks be related to your writing projects and goals.

Now that‘s not to say you won‘t get a lot more done in your day then your 3 MITs, but having the MITs will help ensure you complete the tasks that you most need to get done.

The 3 MITs Process
Every writer needs to customize the 3 MITs process for themselves. To get you started, here’s the process I use for my 3 MITs:

  • Each night before bed, I think about what I need to complete the next day.
  • I grab a Post-It note and write my 3 MITs down on it.
  • I attach the Post-It to the notebook I carry with me everywhere.
  • The next morning, I review my 3 MITs for the day and think about when I‘ll be able to fit them in.
  • As I complete each task, I cross it off.
  • Then I repeat the process.

At least one of my tasks always relates to my writing; on occasion, all three of my tasks are related to my writing.

Knowing the most important tasks I need to complete helps me stay focused and get my writing done.

How do you ensure your most important writing tasks get finished?

Note: This post was excerpted from the eGuide, Butt-In-Chair: A no-excuses writing productivity guide for writers who struggle to get started. For more great ideas for sitting down and writing, be sure to grab yourself a copy.

About the Author: Jennifer Blanchard is the founder of Procrastinating Writers. She is co-founder of the Better Writing Habits Challenge. For more great writing tips, tools and advice, be sure to follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Vincent May 2, 2011 at 1:14 pm

That’s a good catch for my work 🙂

I mean setting reminder and just ticking them off could help organize me.

Rgds,

Vincent

2 Laura Lee Bloor May 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I love this approach! I still use it, too, and find it extremely helpful.

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