A lot of people ask me, how I stay so motivated and productive. The truth is, it is a daily battle. Most days I do not wake up excited and ready to go, but I use these two tools to stay on track even.
- Write a daily to do list
I always make sure I start my day with a freshly organized to do list. Nothing out of this world, I just make a few notes of the things I want/need to get done that day. Most of the list is comprised of one world or one liners. I find that written down a note, no matter how simple is enough to keep me on track for the coming day.
This usually works best for me if I do it the night before, it is usually one of the last things I do in the evening. I find this helpful because it allows me to clear my mind so I am not laying in bed thinking about everything I have to get done the following day. Then I can wake up with the day already laid out for me.
- Schedule your time
I am not sure how people can survive by simply trying to remember everything they have to do and everywhere they have to be all the time. Free your mind of that junk and add it to your calendar.
Einstein did not even memorize the speed of light because he knew where he could find it when he needed it. He did not need to waste space in his head for something so readily available. In a world where we can tell our phones to add appointments to our calendars there is absolutely no point in memorizing your schedule.
Think you are not busy enough to use your calendar? Think again. Not only do I schedule appointments, classes, and meetings but I also schedule things like read, write, even meditate. For me, if I do not schedule these things, they are usually the first things I skip that day.
- In practice
A word of advice from one of my favorite authors, Stephen Covey of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it, you can find it here