Have you ever been let down by someone? Maybe you asked a colleague to go prepare an analysis for you.ï¿½ Perhaps you asked a client to make a decision.ï¿½ Or did you order something form an online retailer?
Then what happens?
You get on with your work or your life but heyï¿½
- Where is that analysis?
- I need to meet a deadline, but no decision.
- Where is that thing I ordered and need today?
You want to get angry
ï¿½ with your colleague, client or retailer.ï¿½ But at the bottom of your heart, you know that part of the fault lies with you: you didnï¿½t track it.ï¿½ You didnï¿½t check and you didnï¿½t issue a reminder before it became too late.
Itï¿½s Time to keep a ï¿½To Checkï¿½ list
Keep a list of requests, you made and commitments others have given that you need.ï¿½ Ideally, these will be arranged in chronological order, so that you can easily find the ones to follow-up on.ï¿½ The primary gate should be the date you need to follow-up if they arenï¿½t delivered; not the date they are due.
If you want a simple paper system, Iï¿½ve added a ï¿½To Checkï¿½ list to the set of templates that you can download from the Brilliant Time Management website.