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Organize Your Day with the 100-Point Plan to Get More Done

You may have the world's best intentions with a to-do list, but that doesn't mean all those items are getting done. Prioritize, people! One way to zoom through your must-do's and stay on track is to use the 100-point plan. Hey, if it's good enough for a CEO of a $36 billion tech company, we're guessing it'll be good enough for you too.

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We're not saying success is or should be measured in dollars, but running a $36 billion organization sure ain't nothin'. Brad Smith is the CEO of Intuit, a huge tech and finance company behind products like TurboTax, Mint, and QuickBooks. And with great power like this, comes great responsibility... to be productive.

"The three resources we have in our jobs are dollars, people, and time," Smith told Business Insider. You can always ask for more money and volunteers, but "you can never get any more time," he said. "So be really thoughtful about where is the highest impact place for you to spend your time.

One way Smith prioritizes his precious time is by using the 100-point plan. How it works is by dividing your time into swaths of 40 percent, 30 percent, 20 percent, and 10 percent. Here's how Smith describes his daily work routine for Lifehacker:

"I allocate my time in a 40-30-20-10 split: I spend 40 percent of my time running the company through operating mechanisms and product reviews; 30 percent building our organization's capability and leadership bench through 1:1's, skip levels, and leadership development forums; 20 percent on outside-in learning by engaging with fellow leaders in roundtable discussions, forums and board rooms; and the last 10 percent on personal growth and development, meeting with mentors and learning from others I admire. Color-coding my calendar holds me accountable and allows me to measure whether I am on track or off, so I can adjust if needed."

Take It To The Next Level

Smith has some other go-to tricks up his sleeve to get the most out of his days. For one, he wakes up at 5:30 a.m. every day for an intense workout. But hey, he's still just like us (kind of): "Trust me when I tell you, I don't wake up at 5:30 a.m. fighting to get out of bed," he told Business Insider. "And I don't love working out. I love feeling good and healthy and having something on my to do list already checked off by the time I'm in the office."

During his workout, he gets up to date with the news by watching TV. Then after the sweat fest, he sips a protein shake while reading the Wall Street Journal. Then comes his 100-point plan for getting on top of the ball at work. He tells Lifehacker another little quip of a time-saving tip, too: "The tip is simply-stated, but requires real commitment: never touch something more than once."

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Written By Joanie Faletto October 19, 2017