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Although I haven't gotten all the bugs worked out of my own day to day processes I have found one trick that works well and allows me to hit the ground running at the beginning of the day -

Before I close down at night I make sure to create a new or update an existing "TO DO" list for the following day.

The next day I get to check off the activities I've completed and get the satisfaction of knowing I didn't waste my day and was productive to boot!
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  • Profile picture of the author carolwingert
    I did the list thing for a long time...with much success.

    But I also did not "beat myself up" for not getting some things done.

    At times, we put on a little more "to do" than can be impossible to get done.

    I keep it real and add more things if I get done earlier than I gave time for, therefore maybe getting a head start on the next day!
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  • Profile picture of the author Uncle Zimmerman
    In Fact, I will go so far as to say that I think it helps me disconnect from the computer and actually use my left brain because I think I have forgotton how to write instead of type! ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author highrider21
    I write a "TO DO" list almost everyday, but somehow never get around to doing them. I might do one or two on the list but most of them I keep writing down everyday and never doing them. I think I'm being too vague. Perfect example, almost everyday on my "TO DO" list I write down "make a plan of action" or "choose a business model" and I still haven't done that yet!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author 33233
      Originally Posted by highrider21 View Post

      I write a "TO DO" list almost everyday, but somehow never get around to doing them. I might do one or two on the list but most of them I keep writing down everyday and never doing them. I think I'm being too vague. Perfect example, almost everyday on my "TO DO" list I write down "make a plan of action" or "choose a business model" and I still haven't done that yet!!!

      I have found it too be more effective to break the big items down into steps that can be done that day. This way everyday i am moving towards one or more of my long range goals.
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      • Profile picture of the author Chase Beach
        Wow,

        What to do , what to do? That is not the question, the question is the answer! Having a sync between the PIM program on the puter and the
        organizer book are keys. For little ole' me, working off the PIM on my puter
        and printing out the "todo" and putting it with the organizer book, make things a little bit more manageable. At night, check off your PIM list, add notes from your organizer book, update for the next days "todo"

        For me the mental organizer, gets distracted to easily and off track. Mental notes get lost and rmembered to late. Oh, I hate when that happens!

        Remember to add in a "todo" for your time to relax, spend time with the family and some buffer for appointments. Running a tight "todo" is nothing but stress and anxiety.

        Thank for the Post HighRider!!

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  • Profile picture of the author sanders9632
    I use to do that.
    I may actually start again.
    Its pretty effective for starting out the day going fast.
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  • Profile picture of the author jayden.fellze
    getting a to do list is really very good. and i haven't started it yet for myself that's why i am wasting a few hours of my new day thinking about my to-do list for the day. I'm sitting around for 2-3 hours a day figuring out what to do during the day and it's really a waste of time.
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  • A to do list is a very effective way to organize your thoughts and keep you focused. I apply it not to my entire day, but instead only towards my time spent online working on my business ventures. This helps you keep from the many distractions on the net.

    Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author magneticweb
    I prefer a weekly to-do list, which I prepare on the Sunday evening before the week starts. It's tempting to put too much on it, making it a "wish-list" rather than a to-do list, so you have to control yourself and keep realistic.

    Try preparing a draft first, before writing your final version. Then you can review it and ask yourself if you really can accomplish all of it in the next working week, and delete one or two items that can wait and leave yourself free to concentrate on the important or urgent tasks.

    It's a great way of keeping on track. Every time I finish a task I tick it. If I'm lost for what to do next I just look at my to-do list, so I don't waste time thinking about what it should be.
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  • Profile picture of the author VegasCoupons
    THe problem with my to-do list is that I seem to keep adding things that come to my mind, so it becomes the never ending to-do list...
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  • Profile picture of the author P.Sharma
    I have been doing this for almost 2 years now and I am only 19
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  • Profile picture of the author RoseRabbit
    Great stuff! I can't live without my list!
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  • Profile picture of the author Palo Coyote
    Lists are good. Mind maps are better for me as long as I rank items in a Priority Order. I'm more of a visual person and the mind map shows me the "flow" of the tasks to be done. The other thing I do with Mind Maps is show the Project, how it flows and then most importantly the conclusion I'm going after. Sometimes "sales" sometimes "traffic". And it's real important to show the objective of the Project, i.e. "Get 100 subscribers" This is just my system. Yours is best for you.
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    • Profile picture of the author 33233
      Originally Posted by Palo Coyote View Post

      Lists are good. Mind maps are better for me as long as I rank items in a Priority Order. I'm more of a visual person and the mind map shows me the "flow" of the tasks to be done. The other thing I do with Mind Maps is show the Project, how it flows and then most importantly the conclusion I'm going after. Sometimes "sales" sometimes "traffic". And it's real important to show the objective of the Project, i.e. "Get 100 subscribers" This is just my system. Yours is best for you.
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      Oh I like this idea Palo!! how did you get started doing it this way? What is your resource for the mind maps?
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