A lot of people ask me, "Dave, how do you do it? How do you manage to do all you do across your different businesses and keep everything going and working at high levels? What is the secret?" There are so many things wanting our time and interrupting our lives these days. Everything from work needs to our social lives (and social media), to a 24 hour news cycle. And then of course doing everything you can to spend time with family. There is a lot to keep up with. To make matters worse, because of the instant nature of our society and everything having to be now, now, now; it seems like there is always "something we have to do." We stop the microwave with 2 seconds left! We can't even wait the 2 seconds any more.
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So how, with all of these things in our face every day and all of the commitments we have in our lives, are we supposed to keep up? What is the secret?
We live in such an instant society. We stop the microwave with two seconds left! We can't even wait two seconds any more...
Well, there is one thing I have found that has worked consistently for me and others over time that is easy to do and is so simple. It's so simple, you are gonna say, "Yeah I knew that already. I know I should be doing that."
Well, here it goes - Plan Your Day! That's it. Take 15 mins to write down the things you need to do for the day and keep your checklist with you throughout the day crossing things off as you go. It is amazing what this does for you. First, having a checklist helps to keep you on task and focused for the day. Second, what you have written down are your goals for the day and your mind will drive you toward them - with the added satisfaction you get whenever you cross something off the list. You know the feeling, it's progress. You are moving forward. And this creates a snowball effect in actioning on things. Think about it, there is no way you are going let your day end without that last thing being crossed off the list. You've come that far, you gotta finish right? Having a daily "To Do" list holds you accountable.
Try it for one week. Each morning, grab a piece of paper and write down what you need to do for the day. You will be amazed at everything you will accomplish. Once you see the benefits, you may want to take it a step further like I did about 5 years ago. Take 30 mins or so each weekend and write out your "To Do" list for the week by each area of your life. For example, your work area, personal area, any other areas that you want to separate out. Then each day, pick items from the weekly list for your daily "To Do" list. Its really easy to do and after a few weeks, it will be habit and you will find that you can get exponentially more done in the time you already have. And you may even find that you are so efficient in getting things done that you have a lot more extra time for fun and family. Here's to your new found freedom!
If you do decide to try this method, drop me a note and let me know how its going for you at firstname.lastname@example.org