Planning the Day
The Ivy Lee Method: Simply Productive
Productivity doesn’t need to be complicated! Write down what you need to do. You’ll get more done with more satisfaction and less stress.
At the very least, write down your tasks in order of importance. Then decide which tasks are critical to get done, which you expect to get done, and which can wait if they need to.
Tasks that will Change Your Reality
Try to accomplish three tasks every day that will have an impact on your goals. These are the tasks that will move you forward instead of spinning your wheels.
The Best Start to Your Day is a Running Start
Don’t start your day by facing your biggest, most challenging task—it can be demoralizing and lead to procrastination. Start off with three quick wins to build some momentum.
Get Past the Frog
After the quick wins, you do need to face that big, challenging task. You’ll feel better once you get it out of the way.
Structuring Your Day
Deep Work and Breakout Blocks
Plan larger blocks of time where you can dive deep on your most important work without interruptions. Set aside time to step out and do something completely different.
What’s Your Win Condition?
You can do anything you want, but not everything. At what point can you declare victory? What do you need to do if you won’t get there?
Making it Through the Day
Step Away from Your Desk
We’re not designed to sit (or stand) at a desk all day. Stepping away from your desk is a great break that keeps your mind sharp and improves your circulation.
Talk to the Duck
When you’re stuck, talk the problem through with someone. Even if they can only offer a sympathetic ear, it may help you clarify your thinking and solve the problem.
The Pomodoro Method
The Pomodoro Method breaks the day into 20–25-minute blocks with a 5–10-minute break in between. It helps you keep your energy up as you move between tasks.