I liked using Post-it notes and when I finished each list I saved it. Pretty soon I had a small stack of completed lists. This came in handy whenever I felt unproductive – I’d just look at the growing stack of accomplishments and immediately get a boost of energy and keep going.
However, I prefer notebooks for their portability and their ability to display more information. So, I decided to transition away from using Post-it notes and write my mini to-do lists in a notebook instead.
The examples below are meant to display as two columns, but will shrink down to one column on a mobile device. If you are viewing this on your phone and like the one column format feel free to adopt it. I prefer using a full-size college-ruled notebook, but you might want to use something else.
If you like using Post-it notes please keep doing so. I still do. However, keep in mind that a notebook gives you an easier way to track your progress over time – it is much better at conveying history and context.
Notebook – Standard Format
As you can see, a title (optional) has been added along with two columns – the first for the day/date and the second for groups or clusters of three items.
This is a notebook with three newly added items. Most full size notebooks will give you room for seven or eight mini to-do lists per page.
Notebook – Alternative Format
This format will save space in your notebook. Unfortunately, it will also become a bit “ragged” looking over time. I use it when working on narrowly-defined projects.
Notebook – Example
Go for Walk
As you can see, there are several mini to-do lists on the page and the circle stands out as a reminder that a long-term project is underway.
With Easy Productivity you are under no obligation to complete a circled item – it is just there for reference. However, when you ask yourself, “What are the next three things I am going to do?” you may end up adding it to a new list.
For clarity you can leave a blank line between each group of three items.
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 that I am going to do?”
3. Write those three things down on a Post-it note or in a notebook.
4. Start working on one of them immediately.
5. Do everything you can to complete all three.
6. Mark each item accordingly.