List your High Impact Tasks

Are you a list person? Do you like to list out all your tasks and activities for the coming day, week or month? When you take down the list do you further characterise it by time, urgency, due date? Do you ever stand back and see what is on your list would have made it to your “Hit List”?

The Hit List holds your High Impact Tasks (HIT). High Impact Tasks are defined by a combination of key tasks that require our unique attention along with those that inspire or develop us in our chosen paths.  At different times, the blend of the two will have and require different proportion of each.  However, at all times our Hit List should be made up of tasks that not only “need to get done” but more importantly “absolutely require you to do them!”

This is the distinguishing factor for our Hit List: “Do I need to do this OR does it just need to get done?”

If the task or activity just needs to get done, then here lies the opportunity.

When you take down your to do list, do you categorise that list by standing back and considering what on your to do list absolutely requires your personal attention and what just needs to get done?

Nothing on that to do list is optional.  However, in order for everything on that list to be done, you need to consider other ways for it to be facilitated based on reference to your individual Hit List. Your job description, project responsibilities and personal career plan will shed light on your own personal Hit List of tasks and activities.  Keeping your Hit List front of mind when approaching your task list next time might help you to prioritise tasks differently.

Discussing Hit Lists amongst the team and incorporating this type of conversation regularly in personal development meetings is a great way to start.   When teams share this information readily and regularly it can then form part of a work allocation process and team development conversations.

Keep in mind that something on your task list that just needs to get done might appear on another team member’s Hit List. Facilitating the work prioritisation based on Hit Lists can lead to better outcomes and ultimately better businesses.


You can use tools like Schedullo to help you with your work prioritisation and adding activities to a watch list so they are always just a glance away.