Try keeping these 2 short lists today and see how they improve your output.

One is obvious. The other isn’t. Both supercharge with the third step.

List 1: The Actually-Do list. Short, just a few items that you need to actually do today. The push-ups you’ve been putting off. The important task that didn’t get given the priority it needed yesterday.

List 2: The Seriously Don’t-Do list. Short, just a few items that need to not happen today. Not using that negative mindset about that colleague. Not visiting that website you know kills your time and energy.

The third step: Decide what goes on each of the two lists tomorrow.

We don’t need long lists to be productive and create more work that matters.

Sometimes we just need short, succinct reminders to take small steps forward toward our goals, and away from our vices.