Anyone who knows me will tell you that I always have a lot going on. I tend to have multiple jobs, I always have projects, I workout a lot, and I start new hobbies all the time. They will also tell you that they know me as someone who gets things done, someone who makes things happen.
So, how does that work? How do I have so much going on, but consistently get things done? Well, the short answer is, not a lot of sleep.
The real answer is structure and organization.
Recently I created a tool for myself, a daily checklist. For me, personally, I like to have pieces of paper for my to-do lists, shopping lists, etc. I have a hard time remembering things if it is not physically in front of me, but instead is an electronic list on my phone or on my computer. I love digital notetaking for story and blog ideas, but not for productivity purposes.
So, here’s what I did. I set goals for myself on things I was going to do every day and things I would accomplish by the end of each week, in terms of my health and fitness for the most part, but also some other aspects. Each day I check off what was completed and I circle anything that was not done.
It is important to remember that part of the key of the checklist is that NOTHING IS WRONG. If you check nothing off, that is not wrong. If you consistently forget something, that is not wrong. The checklist is there to create awareness and help you create structure to cause a different outcome. It is about daiy practice and conciousness of action.
Give it a shot – create your own checklist of daily and weekly activities and play the game with yourself. Can you hit the mark 100% with some practice? Is there something you are consistently forgetting and what can you do to change that outcome?