One of the great things about David Allen’s book Getting Things Done is those little nuggets that you find throughout the book. I was reading a section of the book recently and came across a super piece of advice.
I’m paraphrasing here: When you maintain a list of persons to call, write down the phone number next to the name of the person. This will ensure that you don’t have to look for the phone number when you have some time to call.
I can’t tell you how useful this piece of advice has been for me. It helps to have the number because when you do decide to call (after all the procrastination), having the number at hand instead of having to LOOK for the number is priceless.
Even if you’re not into GTD and don’t maintain @Calls or To-Call lists, you must have some kind of list of people you need to call. Just put the phone number down and you’ll find that your call-making productivity increases.
Hey, the book’s not popular without reason.
PS: Edited this post again after I hit Publish accidentally and posted it before checking. Bah.