As of today, I’ve been in self-isolation for two weeks. Two surprisingly productive weeks I’m proud to admit. Over this time, I have worked towards the following strategy to keep me on track and motivated.
- Every night, make a to-do list for tomorrow. This harnesses the productive energy that I have during late nights and helps roll it over into the morning.
- When things are completed, move them to the done list for serotonin and accountability.
- Every day, move the previous day’s to-do list into an archive. From there separate these undone tasks into “still important” and “log”.
- Place everything with a concrete date into an actual to-do list app, for me that’s Todoist.
- Review the archive, still important and to-do list app weekly to see what’s coming up and what tasks got left behind. This helps establish a weekly rhythm and deeper reflection about larger projects.
By writing my to-do list fresh every night, I allow myself to reflect on whether the item is still important. This ensures my to-do list is still relevant to my current goals.
The log staves off thoughts of letting things slip my mind and ensures that ideas aren’t lost. As I always add to the top, and I remove tasks that are completed, I end up with a history of large ideas at the bottom of my log.
Additionally, as this process is mostly text based, I can put it anywhere and export it anytime. Also, it’s very easy to move items around so that they can be grouped more logically.
If I were to really take this to the next level, I would create a theme or overarching goal that I would like to achieve. Then guidelines could specify that I need to make at least one little step towards my goal every day.