It may seem like you can never break out of an unproductive cycle. This is not true, there are things you can do today that will guarantee tomorrow will be more productive. Making a list of goals and making sure you right down all your successes from the night before are great ways to be productive for days to come.
- A to-do list, while helpful, can cause a lot of anxiety because it shows how much progress you have left to make. A “done” list is a nice complement because it shows how far you’ve come.
- According to journalist Charles Duhigg, the key to crafting an effective to-do list for tomorrow is pairing the big stuff — a.k.a stretch goals — and the little stuff — a.k.a. SMART goals.
- SMART stands for “specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timeline.” Basically, it’s a concrete plan for achieving your stretch goal.
“The reason I used to get sucked into e-mail, Twitter, or Facebook, is because I had those programs open when I woke up. Now I shut them down at the end of the day. I only have open those apps I need to see when I wake up.”