Use the ABC Method to Plan Your Day

Have you ever finished a day of work and realized you did not get any of your important tasks done and spent most of your time on unimportant things? We have all found ourselves in just that situation. Here is a way to avoid this and get the important things addressed every day.

May a to-do list of the things you need to do each day. Assign each task a letter code:

A for those things that are important and must be done today
B for those things that are less important but should be done soon
C for those things that are of least importance and can be done after the A and B tasks are done
D for those things you can delegate

Then number each of the A tasks and B tasks and C tasks and D tasks in order of urgency or importance. As an example you may have this list:

A1 Call your #1 customer and finalize a sale
A2 Call your attorney and make sure a legal issue is addressed
A3 Call your spouse and wish her happy birthday (maybe this should be A1)
B1 Pay the power bill which is due now
B2 Organize your desk so you can see what needs to be done
B3 Return a call from a prospective client
C1 Order and office supply your running low on
C2 Return a call from an old friend
C3 Make appointment for hair cut
D1 Send out form letters to customers
D2 Go through mail and sort by importance

If you have items that do not fit any of these importance levels it is not important task and should be cancelled.

Refer to your list all day long. Make sure you spend time on the A items first, and once they are done address the B items, etc. You may want to delegate the D items early on to get them off your desk.

By following a priority system like this each day your time is focused on the most important tasks and the ones that get left undone at day’s end are those that are of least importance.

Try this method for one week. You will find you are far more productive. Once you see the value in this system use it all the time. It will pay off handsomely. 

Wishing you success and prosperity,

Daniel R. Murphy
Helping People Learn to Build Wealth

Wishing you Success and Prosperity,

Daniel R. Murphy

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.