Wednesday, October 9, 2013

What Are Your MITs for Today?

In The Personal MBA, author Josh Kaufman has a great idea for increasing personal productivity.

Kaufman suggests designating tasks that can have the most positive effect on your progress as your Most Important Tasks: MITs.

He also suggests setting a daily deadline to get them done. So, your goal is to get two MITs done before 10 am.

Now, some of this we’ve long known. We should create To-Do lists and set deadlines. But, Kaufman’s suggestion goes a few steps further.

He points out that by designating MITs we give ourselves permission to decline invitations to be interrupted…“I’d love to help you with that, but I’m on deadline right now.”

He also makes the point that the cumulative effect of completing MITs gets us ever-closer to completing the bigger goal of which they are a part.

What are the two or three tasks—your MITs—that, if you could get them done today, would get you closer to your bigger goals?


  1. Can you give an example of an MIT, please? Thank you.

    1. So sorry this took so long...didn't know until recently how to look at comments...MITs are simply those things in your day that you HAVE to get done...for instance, today I HAD to get in touch with some clients about rescheduling programs delayed by the snow last it done!

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