Not sure where I read it, but about 20 years, I read a book that stated the easiest way to be successful was to have a daily to-do list.Â The author suggested spending a few minutes every morning, jotting down the ten things you would like to get done that day.Â At the end of the day, before hitting the sack, cross off what was done.Â Next morning, recopy the undone items onto a new list, adding enough new tasks to get to ten.
Every day, a to-do list of ten things.Â Now, if a task carries over for a week and it is not getting done, then that one task needs special examination as to why and why bother.Â I like that idea and have done something like that for many years.
Of course, I have adapted much of that to my Franklin Covey planner.Â Still, my to do list is still have very basic.Â I do not bother with prioritizing or using the A, B, and C followed by the 1, 2, and 3 followed by whateverâ€¦Â Just a list of things I need to get done.
And that has lead me to be a better goal planner actually.Â I set up my yearly goals.Â I have my milestones and task that need to be completed with a timeframe, be it monthly or weekly.Â I simply rolled that into my daily to do list.Â
My list carries both personal and business tasks on it.Â My to-do list for today was:
- Pick up Squeakquel for Izzy
- Grab Mayo, salad, juice for Rose
- Write Post for both websites
- Rewrite adgroup #3 for VDM, consider reactivating adgroup #4
- Prepay for Door Handle
- Conduct Annual Review for (Blank) and (Blank)
- Submit â€œRestâ€ article to Ezine
Today, being a Saturday, I only jotted 8 tasks for today.Â I did all but no. 6 and no. 7.Â I conducted one review and will have to finish the second on Monday.Â I had to choice between running and going over a homework assignment with Izzy.Â I picked spending time with Izzy.
So, everyday, 10 tasks â€“ normally.Â
Itâ€™s good.Â I recommend it, if you do not have a system of your own yet.Â Very straight forward.Â I use the Franklin Covey planner but I also carry a small moleskine notebook with me at times that I jot and cross off my task as I finish it.Â Iâ€™ve used Meade before; I used a small pocket notebook before.Â Does not matter.
Itâ€™s the habit of doing it that matters.