Identify Your Recurring Tasks
Do you have tasks that must be done daily? How about exercise? That is a recurring daily task. Is there a daily habit that you want to create for yourself? A good example is: Clean off my desk at the end of the work day.
It may seem silly to add these to your daily to do list but they do help you create good daily habits when you do them consistently. These recurring actions fall into Quadrant 2 of Covey’s Time Matrix: Important but not urgent. Getting them on your recurring task list now will eliminate urgencies later.
Do you have weekly recurring tasks? I have tons of these. Some examples are: bookkeeping, checkbook reconciliation, entering data, cutting and filing coupons, recycling, and now writing this blog post.
There are monthly tasks. I am creating an email newsletter that will go out monthly, so there are a couple of recurring tasks related to it. Some people have trouble getting bills paid on time. You can set up a task in Outlook or Google to remind you of a due date or place a reminder in your tickler file.
There are quarterly recurring task such as filing sales tax returns, getting the oil changed in your vehicle, paying your auto insurance and ordering ninety-day supplies of prescription medications.
There are yearly tasks too. Today a reminder popped up on my Outlook task list that is time to schedule my mammogram.