There are six things on my to do list each day.
Six things that I have to get done before going to bed.
Sometimes it is tough – like when I SO want to do more than six things.
But six is a serious number.
And a realistic one.
The chances of me getting twelve things done in one day, on top of my normal schedule, are extremely slim.
But for the past week, I have been writing out the six things that I want to get done the following day.
Then I estimate how much time I think it will take.
And the last step is to then insert the tasks into my actual calendar.
To actually block out the time for those six things.
This brings a sense of deliberateness and focus to my work.
Keeps me from bouncing from email to email, putting the desires of other ahead of what I need to get done.
I adopted this approach after reading a book with a terrible title – the Ultimate Sales Machine – by Chet Holmes.
But I am really liking the focus that it has brought to my workday.
Maybe it can work for you.