Begin each morning with a list of my three most important tasks.
I am always more productive when I begin my day with a plan. I like to have a simple list of the three important tasks that I will complete during the day.
My to-do list actually contains a dozen or more items, but it helps to focus on those three priorities where I know my time and energy will yield the greatest results. Then, as time permits, I can work on the other items on my list.
The tasks on my daily to-do list are actionable items developed in the final step of project planning. They represent the very next actions I can take towards completing a project that often requires several days or weeks to implement.
Having three tasks keeps me focused on the very next steps I can take, and that helps to eliminate procrastination and other excuses for not getting my work done.
This idea was originally created as part of the Rejuvenation Project, a month-long challenge to find one actionable idea per day that could help me to 1) keep my batteries charged, 2) remain focused on career priorities and 3) rejuvenate the creative spirit.