Entrepreneur and author Robyn Scott wanted to create a habit of making one introduction within her network a day. In order to get herself excited enough to do it, she created a category on her to-do list titled, “Highly helpful.” Noticing the efficiency of this method, she now sorts her tasks using these categories:
- Triumphant: Client pitches, investment presentations, hiring plans. Mission critical stuff.
- Supremely satisfying: Inbox zero, making a tricky phone call, research.
- Massive relief: Tax return, sorting out insurance, booking flights.
- Highly helpful: Intros, advice, intros, intros.
- Basic decency: Thank you notes, keeping promises. I’ve found this list surprisingly revealing. It shows the conflict between two things I value greatly: generosity and integrity. I tend to promise too much. Seeing my impossibly long list in “basic decency” helps me avoid over-promising and jeopardising integrity.
- Delight: I’d been meaning for ages to get a print of Raphael’s School of Athens for my office, calling a friend out of the blue.
- Fit for Battle: A daily run, 10 minute morning meditation. (I’ve been reading books on war recently, hence the description.)