Task List

A Static To Do List for Effective Leaders

In Tips and Tricks by Jason Cortel

The concept of writing tasks or to-do’s down to ensure they get done is not new. In many ways it is a lost art especially in our warp-speed world today. If you are the type of person who consistently writes down the tasks that you need to complete you probably find that you stay on track and are able to complete them by the due date without rushing through them.

There are tasks that you should do regularly that fall outside of special projects or goals. I call these tasks a static to-do list. These items should remain on your task list day after day. The frequency of when these items should be done can vary and I’ve included my recommendations below.

1)      Read something related to management or leadership

  • Recommend  a minimum of 3 times per week
  • Set up Google Alerts to have any new information automatically emailed to you
  • Subscribe to blogs

2)      Read something related to your industry

  • Recommend a minimum of 3 times per week
  • Set up Google Alerts to have any new information automatically emailed to you
  • Subscribe to blogs

3)      Touch base with your internal customers

  • Recommend twice monthly
  • This gives them the feeling that the lines of communication are open and tends to give them confidence that you are on top of everything
  • This includes internal customers you are not currently engaged with

4)      Check in with your direct reports for a status update on their current projects and assignments

  • Weekly 1-on-1’s are a great way to get this started
  • 1-2 informal check-points outside the 1-on-1 are also recommended

5)      Have brief non-work related conversations with your staff

  • Recommended once per week  or as the opportunity arises – I find going on breaks with my staff a great way to accomplish this
  • These help to strengthen the bond and by being non-work related lowers their defenses
  • If your direct report brings up work-related topics that is OK but they should initiate it

6)      Post valuable and relevant information on your social media accounts

  • Recommended daily but at a minimum 3 times per week
  • If posting something specific to your organization make sure you review their policies on what you can or cannot post

All of the above mentioned items help you cover continuous learning, team and relationship building, networking and to maintain focus on your goals that will help you and your organization achieve success. These tasks also help to build a solid foundation for you to advance your career.

There are many tools to help you with your task list. The simplest one to use is in your email client, mainly because you are in that program all day, every day. Evernote is another great tool to use, this is especially useful as you come across articles on the web you want to go back at read later.

Share your comments below on other tasks you feel should be on a static to-do list or any tools you use to help stay organized.

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Jason Cortel

Jason Cortel

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An accomplished sales and marketing operations executive in demand generation, client services and technical support industries. Jason has proven leadership, strategic planning, and problem solving skills. He is recognized for having the ability to develop client-focused organizational cultures resulting in significantly higher customer satisfaction and retention.
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