Despite my grandfather telling me when I was a kid that “Sitting too close to the (TV) screen will rot your brain,” there I was sitting in front of three screens.
On the first screen I was teaching myself a programming language (Python) and creating a web app (FinalVinyl.rocks). On the second I was answering client emails and updating their websites. And on the third I was answering a steady stream of text messages.
Of course, there were to-do lists everywhere – in notebooks, on spreadsheets, in emails, in apps, on scraps of paper… And that didn’t even count the piles of “stuff” lying around the house that needed to be dealt with too.
Quite simply, I had become overwhelmed, unfocused and unproductive.
So, I shut everything down and went for a walk to clear my mind.
Easy Productivity – Version 1.0
During my walk a simple question popped into my head.
“What are the next three things you are going to do?”
Divine inspiration? A flash of insight? More advice from Grandpa?
I don’t know the source, but Easy Productivity begins there.
When I got back from my walk I wrote on a Post-it note
A few hours later it looked like this
It felt so good to be done with that mini to-do list that I created another one and completed that too. This led to a rather simple observation…
The smaller the to-do list, the bigger the satisfaction that comes from completing each item on it.
The Challenge – Step by Step
1. Take a few slow, deep breaths to clear your mind.
2. Ask yourself, “What are the next three things I am going to do?”
3. Write those three things down on a Post-it note or piece of paper.
4. Start working on one of them immediately.
5. Do everything you can to complete all three.
6. Cross off completed items.