April 17, 2014
As many of you know, one of the things that distinguishes the MYN system from 1MTD (and from nearly all other task list systems) is its use of start dates for FRESH Prioritization. FRESH Prioritization is where the task list is configured to automatically sort older Opportunity Now tasks lower in your list. The instruction for FRESH Prioritization is to put today’s start date on nearly all new tasks so that newer tasks start at the top of your list, similar to an e-mail inbox. The result is that older tasks automatically scroll lower in your list, unless you manually promote them higher.
One reason this works so well is that newer tasks tend to have more energy and more relevance for today. Older tasks tend to lose their importance as our priorities move on over time. So this helps ensure that you’re looking at the right things first.
The other reason this works so well is that we tend to bite off way more than we can chew, and our list grows huge. By allowing low-energy tasks to scroll down out of sight, we can focus better on our more pertinent activities. Eventually you’ll move those old, less energetic tasks down to the over the horizon section, or even delete them.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of FRESH Prioritization is this: even if you delay removing old dead tasks, they are not bogging down the top of your Opportunity Now list. This makes the list much more usable over the long-term. It also means that if you neglect maintaining the list for a while, the top of the list still stays meaningful.
So if you have not advanced from 1MTD to MYN yet, consider doing that. You get a lot of advantages in MYN over controlling long lists, and this is one of those advantages.