I want to share with you a strategy that will help you be more productive.
Instead of a loosy goosy To Do list, on Sunday nights (Monday morning at the latest) make your Must Do List.
The things that go on the list are things that you must get done before next Sunday morning or else............... Fill in the blank.
...or else I can't go to the bar with my gang on Friday night
...or else I can't watch that TV program I want to watch
...or else I can't look myself in the mirror Sat night because I'm ashamed I didn't get those things done
Or my personal favorite:
.....or else I have to tell my daughter why I didn't take action on the tasks that will move our family closer to financial freedom and more time with her....OUCH!
I hate it when I have to tell her that and I'll get everything done on that list just to avoid that depressing report!
Yep, these are behavior modification strategies but because you are a human, if you apply them they'll work and you'll get more productive.
Also, only put 7 things on your list. Another human thing we do is overestimate what we can accomplish in any given 24 hours.
When you put only 7 tasks to accomplish on your Must Do List, then when you get them done before the Saturday night deadline then you can add more Must Do's. You can then start competing with yourself for your personal best "How Many Tasks Did I Get Done This Week" nerd contest!
So put 7 Must Do Tasks on a list and have a super productive, moving toward your goals, week!
Remember an ounce of discipline weighs a lot less than a pound of regret. I don't know who said that but it sounds like Ben Franklin.