Michael Hyatt writes:
Master Tasking is the process of identifying your five to seven most productive, most important work-related tasks. A Master Task List is similar to a job description but more useful. It answers the question, What was I really hired to do? Here are some characteristics of master tasks:
* They are usually important but not urgent.
* They spell the difference between success and failure.
* You have a hard time getting to them.
* They are things you usually do on your own.
* They can be scheduled but usually arent.
The purpose of developing a Master Task List is to enable you to focus more easily on those activities that really add value to your department, your division, and your company. Once you have a Master Task List you can measure your performance against it. More importantly, you can schedule these activities so you accomplish the most important tasks related to your job.
Your Master Task List should be written down and periodically reviewed. Each Master Task should be stated as a broad activity area; for example, Manuscript Development, Copywriting, Travel Planning, Financial Review, etc. Then, you should list three to seven bulleted subpoints that represent the specific activities related to that particular Master Task.