For a few years I’ve been a productivity nut. Hack this! Automate that! Become more productive so you can squeeze ever more things into your day!
All the GTD in the world was still leaving me feel no more accomplished at the end of each day.
Why? Because I had more things on my to do list than I could possibly achieve on even the smoothest of days.
So I present to you: The One Thing to do list!
Now, of course you have more than one thing to do in each day. But things like making dinner and feeding the dog will always get done, so the idea is to plan ahead what your #1 task will be for the day and do that ahead of everything else. The key is that it’s achievable on all but the messiest days, so once you’ve ticked it off you can either put your feet up guilt-free or use your new-found motivation to get ahead on another task of your choosing.
Wrangling my out-of-control work to dos is still very much a work in progress. However I’ve been limiting myself to one task each evening. I’m spending less time trying to get just one more thing done before bed; I’m living more and sleeping more. Yet I’m finding I get just as much done, possibly more because I’m not so overwhelmed.
I’ve created a free printable for you to try the system yourself. It has six days per sheet so take Sundays off (I’m generous like that).
Download it here and tell me how you go!