My previous post was about the decision to get rid of my to-do list completely.
It is not the list itself that is the target of my attack, rather everything that happens around the list and how we use the list to avoid the tasks that we don’t find that interesting.
For some of us the list becomes the reason for stress. Long list, that does not seem to get shorter no matter what, is stressful.
Like I wrote I don’t think the list helps you to reach your big goals. It is good reminder for daily tasks, but often the goals are completely forgotten and your focus is on your list only.
The problem with the standard to-do list is:
- It is too long
- It contains items that have been important when they were added, but they have lost the importance
- It is so easy to move and keep items in the list and do the procrastination with it anyway
- You pick the easiest tasks from the list first and it does not help you to reach your goals.
I hope you are better with your to-do list – but this is reality for me.
That is why I am developing my daily productivity habit.
Since we are in Better Productivity Blog, we can call it “Better Daily Productivity Habit” 😉
1. Write your long-term goals on top of paper.
2. Select two things that bother and stress you the most and write them.
3. Create a list of reminders of the things you won’t do today.
4. Write one thing you can do today to move closer to your goals.
5. When you reach your daily goal celebrate.
7. Prepare for the next day.
You can find more on those items from this post.
To support building my daily productivity habit I have created this PDF form.
It is meant to be printable so that you can print it every day and put it in front of your eyes.
Why to use paper on the days of great software and mobile devices?
Because all software tools have the problem that you need to go the tools and open them to see what’s up next. You goals won’t be in your eyes while you work. They are behind the other windows (browser and twitter 😉 or screen savers.
..but I am software professional. I am going to find the best possible software tool that would apply to this habit. If you have good suggestions I am all ears.
Now you have seen the form. Additional reading:
– User guide for the form
– How to handle incoming items?