Thing 5 is, basically, to get things in order.
Thing : Estimate, Formulate and Slate
Type : Organization
Size : Scattered
Description : I have 125 things on my To Do list for this year. I am not going to get 125 things Done this year. Some of them are small and high priority, some of them are big and low priority, and some are in the middle. But they aren’t in any kind of reasonable order. So I need to go through the list, size each task, and put it into some kind of priority so that I can set reasonable expectations for myself.
S.Q.U.I.D. Test : This Thing will not be Done until all open tasks in my task management system have:
- An Estimate for how long it will take to complete the task
- A Priority for each task, ranging from 1 (Mandatory) to 7 (Disposable)
- A Schedule for when each task will be completed
All three of those things are going to be incredibly fluid – estimates are rough, priorities are approximate, and schedules shift according to needs. But this isn’t an exercise in precision, it’s me trying to get an order in place so that I can work a little more sensibly.
This should have been Thing Two. But I wanted to dive right in. If I keep trying to work this way I’ll go crazygonuts. So I’m going to fix it now, so that I stand a better chance of getting things done down the line.