Daily checklists and weekly reviews

So to help accomplish things this year, I’m reverting to my old, tried and true but rarely used (lately) lists and reviews. Here’s how they work.

Each evening, I make a list of things to do for the following day. The lists get long. That’s okay, though, because I know going into it I’m might not be able to accomplish everything. But still I try like crazy to accomplish everything on the list. And I save the lists.

At the end of the week, and this is important, I review the lists. I look to see what I checked off. I look to see what I didn’t check off. Sometimes the things I’ve not accomplished are actually the more important things. In that case, I switch my priorities for the following week to accomplish those things.

Other times the things I’ve not accomplished were not accmplished because they’re not as important. In that case, I plan for the next week not to include those types of tasks.

It’s a simple process. The lists help me get everything out of my head. I don’t have to remember anything. I just read my list. That’s helps with the stress of having a ton of items on the list (and that’s important too – keep things very specific so the list gets long. It’s too easy to procrastinate on a task when it’s not specific enough. Lots of small items, not a few large ones).

The reviews help you plan and test. Improving at anything is often just a matter of doing, reflecting on what you’ve done, and doing more of what works. It’s not complicated. But I for one forget to make it a specific daily habit.

That’s the plan. I know if I actually do this, it will help emensely. It worked through 21 credits in a semester. Now it’s just a matter of sticking to it.

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