The Action List | September 27th, 2010

Is your career or business stuck in a rut? Try this simple method to optimize your results. I can’t lay claim to the idea personally, and I always hope to give credit where credit is due, but I honestly can’t remember where I read it. I do know that this time management technique has been used by successful CEOs, so I think it’s worthwhile. It has worked for me.

The Action ListWhen you’re at your desk today, make a list of your top five action items. What are action items? Action items are the top priority things you need to do to obtain your objectives.

Here are some things that have appeared on my action list:

  1. Redesign my website to appeal to a broader market.
  2. Start a networking group.
  3. Design a second website to promote email marketing.
  4. Start a marketing advice blog.
  5. Implement a new email marketing campaign.

Once you have decided on your actions, prioritize your list.

Each day, start with the number one thing on your list. Once it is completed, move on to the second item. Try to get as many action items done as possible on a daily basis. Some may take longer than others, but try to get at least one item crossed off per day. Items that you don’t complete get moved to the top of the list the next day. For each item you complete, add another action item to the bottom of your list.

Keep your list in a prominent place on your desk or in your organizer and stay focused on completing your daily goals. Try this technique for a month and see what it can do for you.


  1. Thanks, Judy! I’m going to try this, by gad :)

  2. admin says:

    Great Karen! Let me know how it works for you!

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