The Now, Next, Not Yet method

now, next & not yet

Are you the kind of person that procrastinates? Or do you simply want to know how you can get more structure in your workflow and work more efficiently on your to-do’s? Keep reading!

The one thing I always like to do first is dividing my goals – or the company goals – in to multiple tasks. Because in the end; you’ll only reach your goals by doing things, right?


So, I list up ✏️ all the tasks that need to be done in order to reach the goals. Like this:


But the thing is, I only have a limited amount of time and I want to keep my focus in order to work productive. Here is where the Now, Next and Not yet method comes in.

Note: You can do this on paper or within your favorite task manager. Myself, I use Asana.

Rank tasks with ‘Now, Next or Not yet’

What you want to do is rank the tasks in order of priority. So tasks that can be done right away, will be listed in the ‘NOW’ section of the list. Tasks that need some fine-tuning will be listed in the ‘NEXT’ section. Every other tasks or ideas you’ll have can be listed in the ‘NOT YET’ section.


So for example, if I have a priority task, like a bug in the product, I will put it in the ‘Now’ section. And if I have a new idea for – let’s say – a new header design for our website, It will put it into the ‘Not yet’ box.


This way you’ll create focus on priorities and it will clear your mind because everything is written down. The Now, Next, Not yet method will give you a nice overview of all the things that need to be done.