While this isn't exactly what I do now it is the base for my everyday task list. I modified this below to add things like water intake but it is still 90% of what makes me productive. One of the biggest mistakes when starting this system was I put more than 10 things on my to-do list. Don't do that. You may think that doing 10 things in a day makes you productive but I would rather focus on 2-4 things and do them right.
Pauline Dewberry says
I do something similar, Vinny. Each evening I write a list of the 4 or 5 things I want to do the next day. And I try and do them. In addition, I have something I call The 30 Minute Rule (or the Half Hour Rule). In 30 minutes I do a job I don’t really want to do – for just 30 minutes – and it’s surprising how much one can actually achieve in 30 minutes. If I only have a little bit of the job left after the 30 minutes, I’ll finish the job. If not, then I allocate the rest of the job in tomorrow’s 30 minutes. Then, having done a job (or part of it) in 30 minutes, I start tackling the 4 or 5 jobs on my list which I do want to do.
Vinny O'Hare says
I like that system! Anything that works for you is the best system.