A well-crafted to-do list acts as a guiding light for your day. It helps you overcome that feeling of overwhelm and the anxiety of wether or not you’re being productive throughout the day. – How to Craft a Better To-Do List

The highlights are:

1. Have a top “3” tasks

Not sure why 3 is the magic number. If 3 is too much, go to two or to one. I like asking “What is the one thing I can do today to make the rest of my work easier or irrelevant.

I’ve written about this before.

2. Be Actionable and NOT Vague

“Write Book” is a bad task. “Write GTD & Bullet Journal Section of Book” is better. “Read research material for GTD & Bullet Journal Section of Book” is best because I have to do that before I write the section of the book.

Don’t write down “Ted” write down “call Ted to book coffee – propose Monday @ 1500”

3. Plan to Plan

Every Friday I block out two hours to go over my projects and plan the next week in my Bullet Journal. It almost never takes 2 hours. Usually only takes 30 minutes but the rare times it does take 2 hours, I don’t feel like I’m rushing though it.

You should read it, but don’t feel discouraged by the absolutely beautiful Bullet Journal shown. Mine doesn’t look that pretty, nor will it ever, nor will I put that time into it.

Also watch for February, where I’ll be walking through how I do my Bullet Journal with pictures and…so so much more.

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