Writing a 'to do' list before bed each night

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It sounds so simple, yet I for one wasn't doing this until literally a few hours ago. It's a tip I learned in a Mike Dillard webinar last night. Before he goes to bed each night, he opens up notepad(yes, notepad!) and writes down 5 things he is going to do the following day. He has been doing this for years apparently, and it has clearly worked for him This is now going to be part of my nightly routine and I'm jumping into today's 5 tasks with a lot of enthusiasm and determination
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  • Profile picture of the author Danii Of Oz
    I organize each day around my 'to do' list. If I don't have a list I tend to cruise through the day aimlessly, but armed when armed with my list I am a woman on a mission. I have been doing this for a few years now and it is very apparent that the times I have slacked off with my daily list, my success in life has also taken a dip. Now I religiously write out my list each night and I am achieving more in life than ever before. Grab a cheap notebook or use notepad on your computer, this really is a powerful tool. With that being said, I will stop raving as I still have 3 things left to complete for the day
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  • Profile picture of the author Woody C
    A good tip is to organize the 5 things in order of importance. Do the most urgent or important thing first, then the next and next. If you don't get to all five then make the next most important one #1 for the next day.
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    • Profile picture of the author Liam Hamer
      Originally Posted by Woody Crenshaw View Post

      A good tip is to organize the 5 things in order of importance. Do the most urgent or important thing first, then the next and next. If you don't get to all five then make the next most important one #1 for the next day.
      Very good suggestion
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    • Profile picture of the author joelraitt
      Originally Posted by Woody Crenshaw View Post

      A good tip is to organize the 5 things in order of importance. Do the most urgent or important thing first, then the next and next. If you don't get to all five then make the next most important one #1 for the next day.
      Have you read "The 4 Hour Work Week" by Tim Ferris? It talks a lot about this! And how to do the most important and do not get distracted by the urgent the really is not critical to your success! Check out the book!
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      • Profile picture of the author Woody C
        Originally Posted by joelraitt View Post

        Have you read "The 4 Hour Work Week" by Tim Ferris? It talks a lot about this! And how to do the most important and do not get distracted by the urgent the really is not critical to your success! Check out the book!
        I have read it a couple of times. I had totally forgotten about that part, but now that you mention it...

        I guess I absorbed it and it became a part of my psyche.

        I may actually pick that book up again now that you mention it. It's been a while.
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    • Profile picture of the author jayeye
      Originally Posted by Woody C View Post

      A good tip is to organize the 5 things in order of importance. Do the most urgent or important thing first, then the next and next. If you don't get to all five then make the next most important one #1 for the next day.
      This is so simple, but it really makes me want to try it!
      Starting tonight. I´ll have to remember to take my mini laptop & notepad
      to bed with me!
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    • Profile picture of the author Liam Hamer
      Originally Posted by happy_dayz View Post

      The real trick to getting things done is not to actually think that much just do, because the more time you spend worrying, the more scared you become, and the more you procrastinate. While its good to write a list down, you must actually take action.
      Fair point, but some people find it hard to organise their time and prioritise. I'm one of these people, so this simple thing was like a lightbulb moment
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  • Profile picture of the author bluenetworx
    I have been writing priority to do lists every evening for years and it works well for me!
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  • Profile picture of the author Emily Meeks
    I always write a list when I set out to work, then check them off one by one. It really does keep me sane.
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  • Profile picture of the author HomeComputerGames
    Sleep? You all manage to sleep?

    Lists do come in handy.

    I heard a good tip on dealing with procrastination not too long ago.
    It was to create and prioritize a list of items that we often procrastinate at.
    Next set a 1 minute time limit to work on an item .... one per day.
    In our minds we figure 1 minute is easy enough to do and shouldn't hurt too much.

    What we find is we often complete the project or work much longer at it than the 1 minute as we all know the hardest part is getting started.
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  • Profile picture of the author Christie Love
    Well, it sounds like you are definitely on the right track. I, too write my next day's goals the night before. Since I've organized my day that way, I've noticed that I get much more done throughout the day.

    Writing my goals the night before has helped my online business as well, because one thing I always write down is to accept payment from a successful, gracious, spiritual, high- paying client. You wouldn't believe the difference just 3 minutes of writing in my daily organizer has done for my life.
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    • Profile picture of the author Look2live
      I know it works I did it during my whole corporate career, but for some reason I fight it working on my own business. Don't know why, but am consciously working on it daily. Eventually I know I will get back to it. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author KimPup
    Ha, I was just writing down my to-do list, I do this every night!! I write it out on a small piece of note paper and slip it on my keyboard before closing the lid on my laptop. Nighty night....
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  • Profile picture of the author Pisaka
    "To do" list for the following day is OK! BUT you should also write down in your pad things you've succed this day, in other words each day you should write something you are proud with, your achievements... Aand if you happen to be in a bad mood just open your pad and take pleasure.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dima Kritchevski
      A daily to do list is great, makes you feel really productive checking everything off at the end of the days work.

      Another technique that may seem abit less practical but is really great for keeping you inspired, focused and motivated is writing and rewriting your top 5 goals every day. Do that for a month and you practically burn them into your subconscious.
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  • Profile picture of the author clubvikram
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    i agree with pre planning thing.some thing i also indulge in the only difference is that i set aims for the day in the morning.And yes there is no fixed number of objectives like 5 in your case.it could be 4,5,6 and some times even 10. and on the week ends i review my objectives list and see how many of them i achieved.if my record is 100% then i reward myself by taking my family out or meeting friends over beer.This makes the goal setting and achieving them all the more enjoyable.
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    • Profile picture of the author Global Greg
      Hey,

      In my opinion, our best thoughts come to us either while driving in the car or simply zoning out somewhere. The only problem with this is that if you don't write down your thoughts immediately, they will most likely go away and never come back!

      I combated this issue by going to Staples and buying a voice recorder. You can pick one up for around $50 and it will be the best purchase this year.

      When I'm driving, golfing, chillin, out at dinner, anywhere - I am always thinking of business so when a great idea comes to me I just bust out my recorder and say the thoughts into it.

      At the end of the night I sit in front of the whiteboard in my office and play back the recordings and transfer all the ideas to my whiteboard, which makes them visible and viable!

      Another trick is to keep the recorder on your nightstand. You will be amazed at how many money making ideas you come up with half asleep or just waking up that if you do not capture at that time will evaporate into thin air, never to be heard again!

      Again, I was the type to carry a pen and pad with me everywhere and seemingly NEVER wrote anything worthwhile down... So if you're like me, go grab a nice MP3 recorder and change your life instantly!!

      See you all at the top,

      Greg

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      • Profile picture of the author total_freedom
        Thanks for the suggestions. With my mind, I'd probably have to write a to-do list every hour to maintain my focus.

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        • Profile picture of the author chandni.dossani
          Originally Posted by total_freedom View Post

          Thanks for the suggestions. With my mind, I'd probably have to write a to-do list every hour to maintain my focus.

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          Pretty much happens to me all the time. even if i have a strong to-do list in place, there are emergent situations do deal with and that spoils the list altogether.
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  • Profile picture of the author jgand
    Good idea to keep a list. I pretty much do the same thing everyday so not so important in my case. Its tough to maintain a list when your extremely busy and have those situations that arise that are important and aren't on the list.
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  • Profile picture of the author webmatic
    Well i do something different. I make a list of all the important things i need to do and keep on adding the new things and deleting the ones i already did so it helps me alot in reminding all of my work and important tasks so i keep on doing it whenever i get time as i hardly get time when i go to sleep or something
    Hope this will help you out as well
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    • Profile picture of the author tanya7zhou
      A good way of doing it is to get a notebook and write down all your to do list. Use a green marker to cross everything from that day, including the ones you haven't finished.

      Those you didn't finish simply carry them over to the next day and add some more if you can. Make sure you cross everything out after each day. It plays a great trick, and you will surely get more done.

      Progress is important and writing your milestones is an important aspect. Remember: Sloppy success is better than perfect mediocrity!

      So get going!
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    • Profile picture of the author Rich Struck
      Originally Posted by webmatic View Post

      Well i do something different. I make a list of all the important things i need to do and keep on adding the new things and deleting the ones i already did so it helps me alot in reminding all of my work and important tasks so i keep on doing it whenever i get time as i hardly get time when i go to sleep or something
      Hope this will help you out as well
      Thanks
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      I used to do this too but since you are always adding stuff, the list never gets done. After a few weeks of that I thought my head was going to explode so I gave it up.
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      • Profile picture of the author webmatic
        I already mentioned that i keep on deleting the ones that are already done and sometimes list get 2,3 work only and sometimes 100 of them so its like i know what i need to do in queue and not to miss anything at all
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        Originally Posted by Rich Struck View Post

        I used to do this too but since you are always adding stuff, the list never gets done. After a few weeks of that I thought my head was going to explode so I gave it up.
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  • Profile picture of the author opportunity_kno
    The recipe for disaster.

    You get up... you plan about your day and what you have to do... most of it doesn't get done, because either you were too busy, spent too much time planning how you would do it, or indulged in guilty pleasures telling yourself "only 5 more minutes of this forum and then I will work..." Suddenly, you get worried, you stress, because you know you have to do it. Then you try to avoid thinking about it, because thinking about it too much makes it negative, and spins your head down this spiral of doubt.

    Suddenly you have done nothing. So then you think... what if i make a plan. So you write down what you are doing to do tomorrow, just before you go to bed. You are so happy, thinking you are going to wake up tomorrow and get things done...But, instead you spend the rest of the night tossing and turning, in anticipation, excitement and even more stress wondering just how you will get all of that done.

    The next day, the sun comes up, everything repeats.

    The end.
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  • Profile picture of the author phiROSSophy
    I like this. I have tried it once with an Excel schedule for my next day, I had trouble doing it past two days after. However, continually thinking about things like these, even if they never fully become implemented, are extremely positive steps-forward and will help us be more conscious in our everyday decision-making.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve_Dougherty
    How about a "To-Do List" on steroids :confused:

    I keep a daily journal and in it I write the items I completed
    today and the items I want/need to complete tomorrow.

    As well as a number of other random thoughts I come up with
    while the pen is in my hand.

    I have to agree with Global Greg that the hand recorder is one
    of the best investments I've made. I take my dog for a 2 mile
    walk each morning and some of my better ideas hit me during
    the walk.

    So the mp3 hand recorder and the daily journal are the 2 main
    tools that have helped keep me organized and moving my online
    business in a forward motion.

    Now if I can just convince my dog that a 1 mile walk is just as
    good as the 2 mile..
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  • Profile picture of the author OSContent
    I use "to do" lists as well. At least for me, their primary virtue is that they give me an immediate list of things I can do as soon as I realize I'm distracted. Rather than wasting time on something that is semi-productive, I can quickly refer back to a list of things that will certainly bring in new clients and allow me to improve my products.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dreams
    It's amazing I've been writing a "to do" list for years, but the list keeps growing! I know what I was doing wrong, I need to force myself to do at least 5 or more and then this list might go down!
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  • Honestly, I don't know how to do any other way. It helps clears my mind and be a step ahead before the next day. It is very effective. Being prepared is priceless.

    Stick with it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Kate Anderson
    I'm a "to do" list junkie.. the problem is, I end up with so many to do lists, that it takes me hours to go through them

    They do work though, if you actually follow through each day and get it done.. I print mine out and stick it up on my board here, as a constant reminder that when I'm spending time on forums and squashing hours of prime creativity time, that I need to get back to work =)
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      • Profile picture of the author DesignWarrior
        Originally Posted by Crubalo View Post

        Fair point, but some people find it hard to organise their time and prioritise. I'm one of these people, so this simple thing was like a lightbulb moment
        Originally Posted by happy_dayz View Post

        The real trick to getting things done is not to actually think that much just do, because the more time you spend worrying, the more scared you become, and the more you procrastinate. While its good to write a list down, you must actually take action.
        Those are exactly the issues I suffer from the majority of the time. Now client work, no problem, almost always completed and sent prior to the deadline, never late (thus far, knock on wood) when it comes to personal business, I procrastinate. I have a saying I need to loose..

        Procrastinators Unite! .....Tomorrow.
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      • Profile picture of the author Vincelog
        I do it by a weekly basis. I plan weekly schedule to allow myself to see a bigger picture.

        Cheers,
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  • Profile picture of the author Elena Petrova
    this is always a good way to finish the day and get organized for your next day... clears your head and helps you sleep too




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  • Profile picture of the author argon
    This is a nice post and I would like to suggest an added twist to it.

    In addition to having a to do list, I think we should also have a "must do" list.

    This list comprises of things that we must do each day rather than just have to do.

    Such as:

    1) Say I love you to someone
    2) Show gratitude to someone
    3) Tell yourself you are wonderful
    4) Spend an hour with your kids, wife, husband, etc
    5) Help one of your friends.

    There is something very different about this list. It is important in my opinion to do both, but the "must do" list should always be completed.

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  • Profile picture of the author techuse
    I know the value of the To-Do list. It helps me keep focused.... I have posted this about the To-Do list on my blog too.
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  • Profile picture of the author msdobe
    I had been doing this for a while, but then stopped. But I really think it's a terrific idea and I'm going to start it up again.

    Thanks for bringing it up!
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  • Hey Guys!

    Crubalo gave an excellent simple tip that works!

    But I've got to put this sign up :

    ***WARNING!!!***

    When I first started working with this I was amazed at how
    I actually got the things done the next day!

    However, one day I was exhausted and decided to take a break
    so my previous nights commitment weren't done!

    Here's the result I want you to avoid :

    I went into a deep pit of procrastination for almost 2 weeks and
    I felt really depressed in that time.

    Let me explain what happened :

    When you write down a commitment, you MUST complete it the
    next day or else you're planting a seed of failure which says that
    it's okay NOT to complete what I planned to do.

    It becomes a habit and trust me you don't want that to happen!

    I lost so much time and momentum in that time!

    Here's what I decide to do now when doing something like this :

    1) Make sure I complete my list of commitments. I just told you the consequences of not doing this.

    2) Make sure that you have your life's vision / short-term goal / long-term goal next to you when you're writing it. This is very very very important.

    You need to ask yourself if taking that action will move you forward towards that life vision or goal.

    I realized after a while of using the technique mentioned by Crubalo alone does not cut it!

    I was taking actions that did not progress me!

    I don't want you to go through the same agony!

    So ask yourself the question after writing it down, "Will doing this help me achieve my life vision or goal?"

    If not, then throw it out! You don't want to be busy just for the sake of bein busy! You don't need to do it.

    BONUS TIP:

    One thing I learnt from Mike Litman is to move only 1% everyday.

    So I've begun asking myself, "What can I do tomorrow that will move my business and life forward by a quantum leap?"

    That one question alone has increased the returns on my actions by at least 300%!

    Always Say ICAN!

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  • Profile picture of the author Ashley Wright
    Like you said very basic but works very well, If you have a plan same with anything whether long term or short your more likely to stick with it and see more results come from it.
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  • Profile picture of the author HomeBizNizz
    Have this on and off for several years.
    Also make a week plan too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Thorsett
    I cannot function without my lists. (I have three -- two different websites, and personal.) It's been this way for years. I do, however, carry forward things if they don't get done. "Getting Things Done" by David Allen is a terrific resource for, well, getting things done.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jillian Slack
      I make my to-do lists in my own handwriting. There is something about actually writing it (vs. typing it) that makes it more likely to happen.

      Also, I keep categories for my to-do lists so I can stay better organized. Household tasks seem to get lost within the business list otherwise.

      If something stays on my list for too long, it's a signal that it's time to delegate. Maybe it's a task that I absolutely hate or I'm just not good at it. Why beat myself up over it? Get someone else to take care of it and get it off that list.

      There is definitely a feeling of satisfaction when you look down at your list and see a line drawn through the many things you have completed.

      I don't scribble through something when it's finished.

      One reason is it's too difficult to read what that item was after it has been completed.

      Another reason is it wastes time to sit there and scribble through it. Make a single line through the middle with your pen or use a highlighter.

      I prefer to use a highlighter and make one line through the item when it is finished.

      It makes it a lot easier to glance and see how far I have come.

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  • Profile picture of the author emofree
    hmm having a to do list can make things really easier and really well organized life
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  • Profile picture of the author adgreenph
    Thanks I thinks that one good management skills, it"s like creating so schedule for the next day. successful people does these.
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  • Profile picture of the author kennethsmith72
    First, take a bath
    eat well
    try to analyze you did the whole day
    PRAY TO GOD before you sleep.
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    • Profile picture of the author sunlight
      This is an excellent idea! My mind tends to be all over the place and my days are about the same. I feel like I get so little done for the amount of time I have to do it. I'm going to try this.
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    • Profile picture of the author Marcel Hartmann
      I have a mobile phone with the to-do list tacked onto the default view. I've always got the screen full, and I make sure to clear it before bed each night. It certainly helps my productivity. Speaking of productivity, what on Earth am I doing on the WF? :p
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  • Originally Posted by Crubalo View Post

    It sounds so simple, yet I for one wasn't doing this until literally a few hours ago. It's a tip I learned in a Mike Dillard webinar last night. Before he goes to bed each night, he opens up notepad(yes, notepad!) and writes down 5 things he is going to do the following day. He has been doing this for years apparently, and it has clearly worked for him This is now going to be part of my nightly routine and I'm jumping into today's 5 tasks with a lot of enthusiasm and determination
    Me too. Going to start my tonight. Let me know how it goes wit you.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeabooknow
    I've found that the list is a good start. If that's all you do, you're well on your way to accomplishing far more than you would otherwise.

    But there are several additional elements you might want to think about.

    First, make sure you're as specific as possible about the tasks. If your task is to go for a walk, make sure you know what the precise distance will be, the route you'll take, what the weather will be so you can dress accordingly, and so on. You can't really complete a task until you know precisely what that task is.

    Write 26 pages of that ebook, get three JVs contacted for this product, write the P.S. section of the sales letter.

    So don't think your first task is to 'work on' a particular project. You must know when that task has been completed.

    Next, (right after you prioritize the five tasks) time script the tasks. You're going to work on, and complete, the first task in 60 minutes. If you don't complete the task in that time, you screwed up in defining the task and estimating the time required. and, yes, everyone screws up that 'time required' part the first few times. Each day you'll get better and better at it. But today, after the 60 minutes, you're moving on to task #2.

    This creates a deadline, the most powerful tool ever devised for productivity.

    Task #1 drops down to #6. Shame on you! You'll do better tomorrow.

    Next, while you're working on a task, disturbances are forbidden, no exceptions. No telephone calls, no checking email, no knocks on the door, no additional cups of coffee, nothing! You and your task are the only things that exist in that world.

    Finally, the bottom part of your to-do list. This is just a random list of thinks you'd like to accomplish, eventually, and as situations arise, one or more of these may find themselves placed in the glorious top five section.

    Just a thought.

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  • Profile picture of the author skyflying
    Absolutely! I also find this method workable!! Only when you write it down can you ''stick'' to your action and achieve your goals!! Useful tips dude!!
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  • Profile picture of the author olu peters
    putting your thoughts on paper is the easiest way to get every problems out of your mind. at least, u will be able to live long if you do that!
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  • Profile picture of the author Geoff Carter
    May I suggest why it's so important to write a 'To do' list
    before we go to bed, rather than write it in the morning?

    When we write it before we sleep, the subconscious mind
    sets to work on the tasks ahead whilst we're asleep and
    therefore with nothing consciously going on in our mind
    it has maybe 6-8 hours to plan how best it sees the tasks
    should be done before we start them.

    If we wait until morning, we just do them, but without the
    benefit of the prior thinking of our mind.

    Now, if you want to do something during your day that
    will help make you feel really good... write a "Did" list!
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    • Profile picture of the author xealinc
      Originally Posted by Geoff Carter View Post

      May I suggest why it's so important to write a 'To do' list
      before we go to bed, rather than write it in the morning?
      My morning to-do lists are usually things like...

      A: Take the day off.
      B: Nod off looking at the ceiling.
      C: Lunch is at 10:30am today.... and 2.

      Honestly if I don't write a list at night for the following day... I may as well not have one at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Lear
    I've been doing this for the past month or so, it's amazing how powerful such a small action like that is. I even allot a certain amount of time for each task, and work to a countdown timer. It really works, I'm so productive these days I'm like a different person.

    I also about to go even further and plan my next 90 days soon, I've only been planning each week so far. Time to move on to planning months in advance now.

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  • Profile picture of the author xealinc
    Sometimes I will slack and not write a to-do list. It is usually during those times that things go haywire and I get stressed out.

    A to-do list should have up to 30 items on it... then I put the 5 quickest things to accomplish things on top, the 5 most important things to do just under it, and try to make it a point to accomplish at least the first 10 of the 30 before going to sleep.

    Oh, and I'm going to add something... for some reason why I try to put this list on my iphone... i never look at it again. For some reason a notebook, always left face open next to me while working is the best solution.
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Lear
      Originally Posted by xealinc View Post


      Oh, and I'm going to add something... for some reason why I try to put this list on my iphone... i never look at it again. For some reason a notebook, always left face open next to me while working is the best solution.
      Yes I know what you mean, it's no good putting it in a file on your desktop, or in your phone. It needs to be there in front of you on paper, so that every time you look down it's there reminding you what to do next.

      It's great feeling seeing all the things you've achieved, with ticks next to them at the end of the day.

      Paul.
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  • Profile picture of the author NetworxNZ
    Theres some great advice here, And I see saif above touches on a point that is often overlooked in the area of goal setting and time management.... thats is we are most productive and enjoy the greatest sense of fulfillmeent when we are activley engaged in what we determine is our highest and best use of our time.

    This can only occur when you have lined up what you personal values and beliefs are in terms of what it is you REALLY want to be doing.... not having this is a major cause of procratstation, frustrtaion or even worse, a lack of fulfillment and happieness because even though you are "getting stuff done" - its not actually what you want to be doing....

    My business has spent the last 20 years studying this stuff and teaching how to get people to line up their belief systems with their tasks and goals.

    Not here to be self promoting but if anyone is interested there is a free copy of a goal getting template that helps people to achieve this on the mindset link below... go to that link and then go back to the root directory - not the sales page - that's as transparent and as fair as I can be... :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author SRLee
    It sounds simple, but I wonder why I feel affected by this!

    I'm going to try it tonight!
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  • Profile picture of the author marketingstatic
    That's a really better idea for a better tomorrow because it's already kinda settle on what you want to do at that day. Very cool and you should have a good memory for that....
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  • Profile picture of the author TimF
    I agree that a list is extremely important. I always try to place my most pressing items at the top just in case I am unable to complete it.
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  • Profile picture of the author SelenaB
    Well, I guess for me, "to do" lists are good, but sometimes what I assume my day will be meant for, doesn't always turn out the way I plan it. Especially in my line of work where multitasking is necessary. I am a night-owl though, so I do make up for lost time while everyone is sleeping. I make sure to remind myself to do all I can for today and if ordered, I will see another one to continue on.
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  • Profile picture of the author mavischan
    yes..i m doing so too..but normally i will write it in my handphone because i will always bring along my handphone,so i can always check my to do list.
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    • Profile picture of the author jokabi
      Just last night I couldn't sleep because I had too much on my BRAIN! So I got up and went into my office and wrote down a bunch of stuff that I wanted to remember to do today! Then I could go back to sleep! From now on I'm going to make a list before I go to bed!
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      • Profile picture of the author chtfld
        I'm a huge list fan. When I started working online, I was a mess - working 10 hours a day to get 5 hours of work done. Enter my handy to-do list and I'm at least relatively efficient (most of the time). In fact, I probably spend too much time throughout the day tweaking and adjusting my lists - sometimes I'll have tasks set up for days or weeks ahead of time. Helps me focus on what I have to do today because I have less to worry about later.
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  • Profile picture of the author juggernautbitch
    I should write more to do lists. One of my biggest problems is having 10000 concurrent ideas and never getting around to implementing them. Clear lists of thing sto do and the order of their importance can be a great help and something everyone involved in intenet marketing should do.
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Lear
      Originally Posted by juggernautbitch View Post

      I should write more to do lists. One of my biggest problems is having 10000 concurrent ideas and never getting around to implementing them. Clear lists of thing sto do and the order of their importance can be a great help and something everyone involved in intenet marketing should do.
      You want to get all those ideas out of your mind and into a mindmap, try searching google for this free software called Freemind.

      It works great, and it helps you to work better on individual tasks, as you don't have all those ideas going round in your head anymore.

      Paul.
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  • Profile picture of the author masonpan
    I agree totally about making a to do list. I usually do mine either last thing in the afternoon before I leave my desk or first thing in the morning before I start the day. It doesn't always work, I still often get to the end of the day without completing every thing but at least it's a track to run on. I also tie a knot in the sock I am going to use the following day last thing at night to remind me of very important things. The only problem with that is remembering the reason you tied the know after a nights sleep. A to do list though is a must.
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    • Profile picture of the author currypuff
      I was just reminded of this to help focus on just one project at a time. I do a variation of this as I write my list at the beginning of the day.

      I also rank the to do list by the value of each item to my business ie. which will contribute to my business the most.

      Never have more than 7 items on the list as this detracts and puts you off doing any of them as it seems too daunting.

      I also use Remember The Milk with gmail to record longer term tasks. You can set deadlines and for it to remind you via Twitter.

      All very helpful. Reminder to self - one project at a time and less surfing on forums. :p

      May
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  • Profile picture of the author andrewjr
    It seems simple but putting your plans on paper really helps you to take action so your thoughts become reality.
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  • Profile picture of the author scriberr
    I find it more useful to write the to-dos down in the morning because at night my head is usually full of information overflow from the day.

    In any case, whether its night or day, i think its crucial to write that to-do list in order to stay focused!
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  • Profile picture of the author Anna7
    This worked for me too. I used to do this when I was in college, especially when things got hectic. Sometimes, I would even make a schedule as to what time I should have each item finished. I dont know why I stopped doing this after graduating. I should get back to this habit.

    Also, 1 tip I can give which worked for me is to put the to do list on your bedroom door or mirror. That way, you'll be reminded of the things you need to do before you leave the room.
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  • Profile picture of the author ComoSEO
    Originally Posted by Liam Hamer View Post

    It sounds so simple, yet I for one wasn't doing this until literally a few hours ago. It's a tip I learned in a Mike Dillard webinar last night. Before he goes to bed each night, he opens up notepad(yes, notepad!) and writes down 5 things he is going to do the following day. He has been doing this for years apparently, and it has clearly worked for him This is now going to be part of my nightly routine and I'm jumping into today's 5 tasks with a lot of enthusiasm and determination
    Ya it definitely helps free the mind and allows you to stress less about things you need to do. I actually just started using evernote to organize all my to-do lists. It's complicated at first but I think will be very beneficial.
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  • Profile picture of the author cloudstrife
    i usually write a to-do list every morning. the one thing i have not been doing is prioritising it in terms of the importance of each task. there is a sense of achievement every time you tick off one of the tasks of the day as achieved!
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    I wholeheartedly recommend writing your to do list before bed every night. That way when you get up in the morning you already know exactly what you need to get accomplished, you don't try to scramble and figure it out over breakfast. I try to set out 10 tasks of varying difficulties that I absolutely need to get finished, and then prioritize them accordingly.

    Along with a set daily schedule that I have created for myself, a to do list has prevented me from falling behind in my work for months now.
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  • Profile picture of the author ejunkie
    It is a great tip.

    Also the tasks in the list must be prioritize in terms of their importance, and checked off when they are completed the next day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rick Britton
    Interesting thread

    I have specific offline experience in helping people with such issues from a medical perspective (treating morbidly obese, fibromyalgia, clinical depression and so on)

    I often give them daily list building as part of their healing. We decide how long the list should be and they have to complete the list every day. When they are regularly completing their list with ease, we then add another task and repeat the process.

    Using this method they find themselves taking action, getting things done and enhancing their self image. In fact, once they get going they start actively looking for tasks to be added.

    The list is written no later than 5pm every day, in their own hand writing which connects the thought and the unconscious and they have to complete the list every day.

    So, the OP has a good method and if you would like to become even more productive start adding one extra task to the list when you are ready
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