“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
Mark Twain quotes (American Humorist, Writer and Lecturer. 1835-1910)
How often do you look back at the end of a day and realize though you were busy all day long, nothing important was accomplished. Too often we spend our entire day in reaction mode. One simple action can change that forever. In the last five minutes of each day, take out a notebook or a 3x5 card. Then look at your calendar for the next day and review your unfinished todo list. Select the three most important tasks you must accomplish tomorrow, the three tasks that will make the day great. Write them on the 3x5 card or in your notebook, then block off time on your calendar for an appointment with yourself to complete them tomorrow.
First thing each morning I look at my three most important tasks (MIT) and start work on the first one. Many times in the first hour of the day I am able to accomplish all three. This makes the rest of the day easy and enjoyable despite what occurs. Try this today before you go home and see how productive tomorrow can be.