“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”
– Bill Gates
Here is something I have fixed recently.
Every evening I make a todo list of what I want to achieve the next day called “Today”. It includes my work, my personal life, fitness, reading and everything in between.
For as long as I can remember I have never completed the entire list.
Every single evening I was postponing tasks and convincing myself that I would do them the next day.
(along with even more tasks)
It got pretty ridiculous.
Some tasks sat on my “Today” list for weeks.
The result? A constant feeling that I was never doing enough. Very rarely did I feel that my day was a success because I didn’t reach the unachievable goals I set myself. I found it hard to switch off because I had so many open loops.
I push myself very hard in my personal life and in my business. But this was too much and was having a negative effect.
So I made a simple change and it made a world of difference.
I only put on my “Today” list the things that I absolutely had to do today. Only the things that I absolutely must do or the world will end.
Everything else is on a normal project todo list and prioritised. I start them only after doing my Today list.
(I won’t preach to you about how to organise yourself.. it is a personal thing. My only advice is keep reading, keep tweaking and keep looking for something that works for you).
I now achieve everything on my Today list and it feels good. I am motivated to work on the other tasks and am making more of my time.
Sometimes it is hard to see what is right in front of us. Constantly analyse what you are doing, why you are doing it and how you can do it better.
Find a way to improve every day.