This is the daily to-do list format that can change your life:
• It keeps you more focused.
• It keeps track of appointments.
• You can see when work is done for the day.
Here's how you make it...
Start with a blank sheet of paper.
I prefer using yellow legal notepads, but any type of paper is fine.
Draw a line at the top, and write today's date.
For example: Monday, August 8th, 2022.
Then write out all your daily tasks.
I like drawing a small bullet point next to each item, such as:
• Write email to client
• Review blog post from Cristina
• Add to Copywriting Course Community
OPTIONAL HOURLY TRACKING: Draw boxes down the page and track what you did every hour.
This way you know if you've been productive or slacking off. If I wake up early I'll see tons of boxes filled out by 2pm.
If I wake up late, maybe 2 boxes filled out.
OPTIONAL SUMMARY OF DAY: Draw a line at the bottom and use this as a place to write a summary of the day or write notes.
Sometimes I write reminders for the next day here.
Here's how everything looks when filled out:
Here's a Pro-Tip for staying ultra-focused (I do this and it's amazing):
Take a scrap piece of paper and put a piece of tape at the top.
Tape the paper over your to-do list, only letting it reveal the top item on your to-do list.
You can ONLY work on this item until it's done. No other tasks will distract you since the paper is covering everything else. Start working on that task till finished...
When done, scratch the task off the list, then move the paper down one row.
Start working on that next task.
Once you scratch off the last task, you're done for the day!
I make it a rule that once I scratch off my entire to-do list, I'm not allowed to do anymore work.
This to-do list trick has helped myself and thousands of others focus on work, get it finished, then go play:
With a simple pen and paper, you can create this to-do list every single day with just a minute or less of time.
You get bonus points for making it the night before!