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How to Stop Letting Your Daily To-Do List Become a List of Yesterday's Failures

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Time is something that we all have, and we all have exactly the same amount of hours in every day.

So how come there never seems to be enough time to get everything done? Why do others seems to be far more productive and get far more done than the average person?

What is their secret?

The secret is that they don't have more hours in a day but they do have more PRODUCTIVE hours in a day. So while you're busy rushing to get things done, they are just quietly getting on with things.

Let's look at it another way.

Time is linked to our emotions. That's why time seems to fly when we're having fun and drags when we're bored or doing tedious jobs.

Why is this?

Because it's all too easy to get caught up in thoughts of what we'd rather be doing instead of concentrating on what we are doing.

I've often read that in order to get through doing a task you don't like to do, give yourself a reward at the end so that you have something to look forward to.

Personally, I think this is a terrible idea.

Why?

Well, say you have to work but you'd rather be going for a swim at the beach. So you tell yourself that if you get your work done, you can go for a swim afterwards.

What that means in actual terms is that you'll rush through whatever it is you have to do just so you can get the hell out of there and get to the beach.

I find it much better to give myself an allotted time to get something done, that way it makes me focus on what I'm doing because I know that I have a finite time to complete it so I know that I can't waste time thinking about other things or getting lost in browsing websites that have nothing to do with the task I'm working on.

Natually, I don't always finish in the time I've given myself, so I re-adjust my time scale and get back to work.

This helps so much with focus and motivation and also means that my time is more productive because I'm getting on with what I have to do instead of dreaming about what I'll do once I've finished.

And do you know what?

Being more focused on your work means you're doing more with the time you have so you have more free time. Not only that but you're not always rushing to get through things and feeling that your work is "getting in the way" of what you'd rather be doing.

Life feels good when you're more in control of time, money and work.

Taking the time to work through your to-do list makes you feel so much more in control because you finally start to get on top of all the things you have to do.

Can you see how this will make you feel great? It also stops your to-do list turning into a list of failures - a list of all the things you didn't get done yesterday. That is one of the worst feelings in the world.

You can also be more productive if you spend the first and last hour of your working day writing or going over your work.

Start each day with one hour's writing. Do just that and nothing else.

End each day with an hour of journalling, planning, brain storming or having a productivity meeting with yourself.

Productivity meetings are great for looking over what you've achieved in the day, what you didn't manage to get done, and look at how tomorrow will be different.

Journalling can help you understand what you're doing, where you want to be and what you're doing that is helping or harming your progress. And brainstorming is a great way to go over your ideas, come up with new ideas and look at your goals and ambitions to see how you can fascilitate your progress.

Having an hour's writing at the beginning of the day can really help to increase your writing output and finishing every working day with one of the activities mentioned already can really super-charge your ability to work more productively and motivate you to do more.

One hour of writing every day, even if you don't write quickly, means you can write 1,500 words a day. This should really help to boost your writing income. And if you end every day with a to-do list for the next day, then you'll know exactly what you'll be writing before you even sit down.

Once you get into a daily writing habit, your writing speed should increase and you should also notice that it makes you want to write even more every day.

Just think, if you write 1,500 words an hour, in 10 hours you could write 15,000 words. That's the length of a short ebook. And with some marketing, blogging, social media marketing and more, you could write an ebook and make sales in a week.

And if you worked hard and did all that in one week, you could then take a week off - if you wanted to - and use the time to brainstorm more ebook writing ideas, marketing plans and website/blogging ideas.

Also try not checking emails untill noon every day because that will give you an even more productive morning - every day.

Consistency is powerful. It's more powerful than you can imagine.

If you can start every day with an hour's writing, then work your way through your daily to-do list, you could be finished work by lunch time.

That's the power of consistent habits and productive time.

Forget about other things that you'd rather be doing and instead, focus on your work and keep going until you finish.

There are a few things I want to do today once I've finished work but I've told myself that I can't move from this chair until I've completed everything I set out to do today.

And do you know what?

It's made me super productive. For example,I gave myself just 30 minutes to write this article and so far it's take me 25. Not bad eh?

And the reason that I managed to do it is because it was on my to-do list and I can't stop working until I've done everything. I also knew that I don't have a lot of time to complete each task on my list today so I knuckled down and got to work straight away and didn't let anything distract me.

Tomorrow I will have a new to-do list to work through because I didn't let today's list of tasks become tomorrows list of failures.

And that feels great.

It also makes me want to do the same every day.

So I think I will.

If you want to work through your daily to-do list every day, just do it and don't be distracted by other things that you think you'd rather be doing because, afterall, wouldn't you rather be working through your to-do list every day so that you can enjoy your free time without the usual feeling of guilt and failure?

I know I would.

And I do.

 

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