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Which Are The Most Important Tasks

Melvyn Tan
Melvyn Tan
1 min read

If you’re like most of us, you’d probably have a long list of tasks to complete every day.

Question is, how do you decide which task to complete first, second, third, and so on?

The answer: adopt the Most Important Tasks (“MIT”) approach.

Leo Babauta explains why:

I’ve found this to be one of the best things I’ve ever done in my work day, because it helps me to focus, I get important stuff done, and I can accomplish a lot with less effort.

Before I implemented MIT, I had no criteria to select which tasks get priority.

It was simply a matter of, what do I feel like doing now. That was a disaster.

Because I would usually tackle those tasks that I know to be easy or enjoyable. Leaving the heavy-lifting ones to the end of the day.

That approach cause a great deal of anxiety.

Now that I’ve implemented MIT, the criteria for selection is based on my goals.

I then identify the milestones for each goal and turn these milestones into projects.

Further, I identify the purpose and targets for each project.

Lastly, I’d identify the tasks need to get done in order to achieve the targets.

That has worked pretty well for me.

Do you use the MIT approach? If not, then how do you decide which are the most important tasks you must complete for that day?

Melvyn Tan

Despite living the good life at midlife, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. My aim here is to reinvent midlife, learn new skills, and understand how the world works post-COVID.