checklist 2077020 1280“I really need to finish that project, reply all those important e-mails, and start that other assignment I was supposed to do last week. I also need to get to the grocery store, do laundry…”.

If you often say “so many things to do, so little time”, continues reading because in this article we will give you a very good and hot tip.  There are many things to do in life… our chores, duties, work, business, hobbies, etc. What about so little time?  Basically we all have 24 hours in a day and sometimes we would like that the day could have more than that right? If you follow the smart recommendation to sleep 8 hours a day, you have now only 16.

There’s a fatal flaw in the old to-do list method of getting things done that can actually make it more difficult to get tasks completed. Suppose you have a long list of things you want to accomplish. Not hard to imagine, is it? There might be 20 or 30 things on that list, or there might only be 2 or 3 things, but they’re big items that will take days or even weeks.

You sit down to work, you look at your list, and you realize there is no way in the world you will get it all done today. What have you just told yourself? That it’s perfectly acceptable to leave things on your list undone for another day.

Here is the Fix:

Have two lists. The first list is everything you want to accomplish, large and small, quick and long term. The second list is just what you are going to do today. No more and no less. In this way you condition yourself to continue working until you finish everything on your list. Then you make a new list for tomorrow and relax knowing that you had a most productive day. You’ll find it’s far easier to maintain focus using this method, and at the end of every day you can celebrate your productivity.

We finish with a smart quote from Oprah Winfrey: “The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work”. Just remember, keep moving forward!

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