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.)
  • Eye of the Beholder

    I absolutely LOVE this.

  • theSpark

    I can’t wait to try this out. 🙂 A fresh perspective!

  • Cheryl Pamplin

    How cool! I can’t wait to implement this process. Thank you 99U for sharing this.

  • Shirin

    Thank you for sharing, this is BRILLIANT.

  • Louise Julig

    I love this idea! I am going to experiment with making Emotion tags in my Things app so I can have another way to look at my tasks.

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