Why you need a task backlog

by | 9 February 2017 | Articles, BetterJournaling

Why you need a task backlog

One big reason most existing journals just do not work for me, is the fact that they make you figure out your daily tasks in the morning.  This means that you are having to use some of your seriously precious brainpower for decision making; when you should actually be using that brainpower for thinking… Journaling…  Strategizing… And, most importantly, doing the work.

Do you know why Steve Jobs always wore the same “black turtleneck and jeans” -outfit?  Why has Mark Zuckerberg had a similar uniform to wear daily?  Why former President Obama always wore the same suit?

President Obama explained it this way: “You’ll see I wear only grey or blue suits,” [Obama] said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.”

Making decisions wears out your ability to make good decisions later on.  It’s called decision fatigue.  And the only way to deal with this is to reduce how many decisions we have to make; add routine to your life.

  • Get up the same time every day.
  • Make your bed.
  • Create a morning-routine (journaling, exercise, meditation, reading etc)
  • Eat the same things for breakfast.
  • If you don’t have an Obama-uniform, lay out what you are going to wear the next day before you go to bed at night.
  • Plan for tomorrow, tonight!

This is why you NEED to plan your days ahead… Plan for tomorrow, tonight!  For this very reason, you actually need to have a task backlog; an overview of every task that needs to be done in order for you to reach your goals.  Planning them at night prevents ‘cherry-picking’ in the morning, when you might just be more inclined to do what you feel like; instead of doing what needs to be done!

Each 13-week journal starts with a sequence of writing your vision and your year goals, while allowing you to think of what you want to get done in these 13 weeks. Writing them down into a series of monthly task-backlogs makes it easier for you to track your progress and keep your end goals in mind.

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