You’ll never change your life until you change something daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.
-John C. Maxwell
If you are trying to live a more productive, focused life, keeping a daily to-do list is the way to go.
Writing our aspirations down on paper turns our dreams into intent; completing the tasks turns our intentions into reality. It can be pretty empowering when we find we have checked off all the items on our list by the end of the day.
The best thing to do is to start small. Your list can consist of the most simple things like “get up before 7 am every day”, “apply to three jobs today”, “run a load of laundry”, and so forth. It can consist of small tasks, large tasks, or whatever it is that you really want to accomplish. Unless you really get off on challenges, don’t get overly excited and create this mile-long list of things to do; you won’t get half of it completed before day’s end and you’ll feel totally deflated. If that does happen, however, don’t get discouraged. Transfer the items you didn’t finish onto a fresh sheet of paper and start over as though you didn’t miss a beat.
If you want to be more effective in your life and business, follow the to do list. It will help you to stay on task and create success-filled habits.