There are items I want to have completed yet I did not get around completing them. It is a bad habit and I am trying to fix that. It all stems from procrastination.
As I transit out of my previous company ONG&ONG Group I had more time to assess the situation in greater detail. It’s not unfixable and I’ve done up a huge To-do list to ensure my backlogs can be cleared. This includes abandoning some of my previous endeavors. I now need to follow the plan.
Steps to clear backlog:
- Ask yourself why is there a backlog. For me it’s procrastination — an area I have to reduce.
- Make a list, not this list, but a To-do list of backlogs you have to clear. I try to follow David Allen’s approach from Getting Things Done.
- Identify tasks that are no longer goals in your life and rid them from your list. That means to let go of these things emotionally.
- Follow the plan.
I find myself reviewing to my huge To-do list over and over again to reprioritize the tasks. I tend to put one tiny task at the start of my day, followed by a big task and smaller ones after that. Completing the tiny task is encouraging and striking one task of the list feels great. I think it works differently for many people. You’ve got to try different strategies and determine which one suits your needs more. If your tasks require you to perform at a certain location, you may want to group them by proximity rather than task effort.