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    • Ken Holmes
      Participant
      @ken-holmes
      #837

      I have shared this before but thought it might be good to post. We all know that a successful life is a series of successful days. Yeah, right….but how do I do that?

      Here’s my method, for what it’s worth.

      I have a high tech spiral notebook (quit laughing JP). Each day it start with a to-do list. All day I strike off things that are done, but also add things that need to be done. I seems to hover at around 20-25 things all the time.

      Each morning I re-write yesterdays list, since it now has many things struck off but also many new things. I write it down again on the next page nice and neat. Having just read my Vision, I chose the 5 most important things. I believe making this decision right after reading your Vision is important, in that I do a better job of choosing the 5 most important things. I write down next to each thing how much time they should take. Some things might be quick like an email or call. “Make reservation for Valentines dinner with Gina” is very important – but it doesn’t take more than 5 minutes. Others might take some real time, like analyzing a deal or making a game plan for a business. I then look at my calendar and decide when I will do these things and write it down in my calendar, which I have with me all day. For the tasks which will take longer I find an hour or two hour window to time block them in to. For example, from 9 am to 10:30 am I will make a list of all that needs to be done with my new storage facility and decide who will do each thing  and task each person with their job(s) and notify them of it. During that two hour window I will not answer my phone or email – I will get that done! Having decided what is important and decided when I will do them, I now have a game plan to get done the 5 most important things done that day. I then look at the rest of the list and try and see what else I might can get done. For example if I must drive to a house to make an offer at 2 PM, and I see that I also need to go by Home Depot for another job, and can leave a tad early for that appointment because Home Depot is near that house. So I can fit some other stuff in that day.

      Now, there is no way I will get all 20-25 things on the to-do list done every day. You know it and I know it. So, if I accept this fact the question becomes – what will I do? The answer to me is I will do at least the 5 most important things. That choice is so important. If every night I can say I did the 5 most important things, and I do this day after day, I will make major headway towards my Vision for my life. Remember I read my Vision BEFORE I made the choice of what is important. There are things on my list sometimes for days or even weeks. Sometimes they stay until it is too late and I never get them done. But obviously they weren’t that important, as they never made the 5 most important list!

      Doing the 5 most important things every day is my way of trying to live each day successfully. Hope this helps!

    • JP Moses
      Keymaster
      @jp-moses
      #840

      @ken-holmes —dude, this is awesomely explained. And a perfect illustration of one of my favorite quotable quotes:

      “Either you run the day or the day runs you.”—Jim Rohn

      Some real gems that stood out for me:

      …Having just read my Vision, I chose the 5 most important things. I believe making this decision right after reading your Vision is important, in that I do a better job of choosing the 5 most important things…

      …During that two hour window I will not answer my phone or email – I will get that done!…

      …If every night I can say I did the 5 most important things, and I do this day after day, I will make major headway towards my Vision for my life. Remember I read my Vision BEFORE I made the choice of what is important…

       

    • Steve Cook
      Moderator
      @steve-cook
      #847

      Ken,

      When I’m busier, I do things almost exactly the same way.  When things are simple, I tend to abandon my list because I just know what I need to do.  But the moment the to-do list gets long.  I’m just like that.

      We noticed one time that people who keep their to-do lists in a notebook tend to be highly productive.  At least they seem like they get a whole lot done.

      • JP Moses
        Keymaster
        @jp-moses
        #849

        …noticed one time that people who keep their to-do lists in a notebook
        tend to be highly productive. At least they seem like they get a whole lot
        done.

        I’m the exception, for sure. I use Todoist like a freaking ninja… it’s
        one of the few things that are always open on both my computers and my
        phone, and push notifications (task reminders) are fully allowed.

        I even used Zapier to connect my Google Calendar to Todoist. So, anything
        that gets added to my calendar, also shows up as a todoist task.

        There was a learning curve, for sure. But I’m completely immersed and fully
        committed to it. And it’s one of the key tools that I need to keep me
        productive and proactive with my time, versus reactive and unproductive.

        What I’m pondering lately:

        *“Happiness does not lead to gratitude. Gratitude leads to happiness.” —
        David Steindl-Rast*

    • Cesar Garza
      Participant
      @cesar-garza
      #915

      Nice breakdown Ken! Appreciate it. I always enjoy reading how other people manage their day and the tools they use. Always helpful to me.

      I too make a “to-do” list but have not tied it that closely with my vision. Something I need to start incorporating.

      Thanks!

      -Cesar

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