Target by Libby Ventura from The Noun Project

Target by Libby Ventura from The Noun Project

If the first thing you do in the morning is check your email, you’re setting yourself up for a day filled with reactive work. This can easily lock you into a cycle of dealing with pseudo-emergencies well into your evenings, leaving you drained and with little to no control over your larger priorities.

Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek offers some simple advice on how to focus on your goals:

Define your one or two most important to-dos before dinner, the day before.

Dan Pink, the NYT bestselling author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, gives similar advice:

Establish a closing ritual. Know when to stop working. Try to end each workday the same way, too. Straighten up your desk. Back up your computer. Make a list of what you need to do tomorrow.

By spending some time the night before to write your goals down for the following day, you’ll return to the driver’s seat. 

  • Cre8tivMar

    Good advice

    • http://hamzakhan.ca Hamza Khan

      Thanks!

  • http://www.wafahourani7.blogspot.com Wafa Horra

    but when you have million thoughts in your mind you can’t even start , and from where shall i started i’m really confusing with this…. how can i manage my thoughts

    • Aidan

      Hi Wafa, I have a similar problem and found this GTD course on skillshare very helpful. The method involves capturing all those ideas and thoughts so they don’t weigh you down and then having a priority system to get them done eventually. The course is called “Get things done like a boss” http://skl.sh/1oeWeOF

  • http://fedmich.com/go/disqus/ Federico G - "Super freelancer

    Hmm, you got an interesting domain name bakadesuyo.com <- is this based on the Japanese phrase which means "Isn't it stupid?"

  • http://fedmich.com/go/disqus/ Federico G - "Super freelancer

    I also try to follow this goal-settings methodologies before, but most of the time I can’t keep up and ended up having just doing 2-3 of the 4 goals I set then.

    I think the take-away here is to make sure you set realistic goals that you can accomplish on that day.
    Just define a maximum of 4-5 tasks per day, and even if you only completed 2-3 tasks out of that 4 important tasks you noted, that is still fine.
    Don’t worry about it as you are still getting things done.

    The most important is that you enjoy doing the tasks and not getting pressured with the goals you had set.

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