Why is it that some people thrive in all areas of their lives and others just make gradual to little progress?
It has EVERYTHING to do with consistently identifying and completing the most important tasks on their daily calendar or to-do list.
Have you ever heard of MITs (most important tasks)? It is not an original concept but it is one of the most effective productivity tools you can use in your everyday life.
A Most Important Task (MIT) is a critical task that will create the most significant results. Every day, create a list three M.I.T.s, and focus on getting them done as soon as possible. Keep this list separate from your general to-do list. – The Personal MBA (Luckily, the Planzy Planner is designed to keep you reminded of the MITs every day!)
So what it is about? Every night, before you go to bed, list three of the most important things you need to accomplish the next day (trust me, no matter how trivial they might seem).
Why at night? It is crucial that you write them down in a clear mental state having the whole picture in mind instead of being lost in details or influenced by external triggers. Writing them down before going to bed is vital since this way you are attracting your brain and subconsciousness for extra 6-9 hours while you are sleeping. So, in the morning, you are ready to get these tasks done.
However, you have to make sure they are tiny, achievable and important.
Why only three? One of the biggest mistakes people make is trying to cram too many tasks into one day. Pick three of your most important tasks. And then dedicate yourself to completing them no matter what happens in your day.
If you get your MITs done first thing in the morning, you’ve already won the day, no matter what comes later. But if you start your day unfocused, you are a lot less likely to get your important task done at all.
“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”
— Peter Drucker
According to my favourite author James Clear, Ernest Hemingway woke each morning and began writing straight away. He described his daily routine by saying, “When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write.”
We often assume being productive means getting more and more things done each day. However, that is not true. It is actually crucial to do the most important tasks.
The great benefits of this approach:
- You feel productive and focused each day
- You are setting yourself for success and you are each day closer to achieving your big goals
- You feel relaxed, capable and satisfied with yourself at the end of the day.
I have been using this hack for two years now, and I can tell you – it is awesome!
It’s such a small thing to implement, and yet everyone is raving about it like it’s a huge revelation. But it is. Sometimes small things can make big differences. Leo Babauta and I highly recommend you give it a go.
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