Make a List Each Morning of 1 Must-Do, 2 Like-to-Dos, and 3 Nice-to-Dos — Complete at Least the Must-Do
- At the start of each day, make a three-part to-do list – one thing you must do, two things you’d like to get done, and three things it would be nice to get done.
- Do at least the “must do” by the end of the day.
Do you have mixed feelings about to-do lists? You’re not alone! Michael and Andy stopped total strangers on the street to talk to them about this challenge. Watch and you may relate to this man’s experience:
Why Is This Practice Important?
Life is often an undifferentiated mess of truly important things and immediate problems that show up moment-by-moment. For a host of reasons, those fires pull our attention away from everything else. We resist doing what is important — our actual daily priorities — and we give false urgency to that which is not.
If you can create for yourself what you say is important and use it as your map, you’ll begin to see how easy it is to navigate the shark-filled waters of other people’s concerns and needs.
And once the big stuff starts to fall off your list, you’ll have no problem picking off the little things. With those large-looming actions removed from your plate, you’ll feel lighter and faster on your feet. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to get things done when you take the important things head on.