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.)
This article originally appeared on 99u.com.
Herbert Lui is exploring the intersection of art and entrepreneurship. He is a writer and specializes at content marketing. You can connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn, and see more of his work on Contently. He is the author of a free guide to building credibility online, titled Brick by Brick.