Todd Henry keeps himself busy between publishing books, speaking at conferences, consulting, and managing a business. Yet he still manages to get it all done. He recently shared one of his hacks for how he manages it all: end each day with the beginning of tomorrow in mind. Todd writes:
Here’s a two-minute strategy for lessening procrastination and creative block by ending with the beginning in mind:
1. Before you close out your work for the day, capture any open questions that you are currently working on. If you were to continue working right now, what would be the very next thing you would do?
2. Write those questions and the next thing you would do on a post-it, or a sheet of paper, and leave it where you’ll see it the next day.
3. Determine right then what you’ll do first when you next sit down at your workstation. Establish a starting point for your work. This will give you immediate traction.
Following this approach will help you save time and — more importantly — avoid stressful headaches. Start tonight by spending a few minutes writing down your starting point for tomorrow. Then be sure to read Todd’s full write-up over on the Accidental Creative blog.
Related: You can see Todd speak in person at the 2014 99u conference.