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How To Set Smart Daily Goals

The one big thing

Incoming demands and digital distractions can get in the way of real productivity. If you do one big thing today, you will feel like it is a productive day.

Ask yourself: What’s the one big thing you want to accomplish today?

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Busy with meaningless stuff

We can all feel very busy, but despite all this bustle, we often don’t feel particularly productive from day to day and often let the "big stuff" go unattended.

If we want to take back control of our priorities, we should relentlessly question how we're spending our time.

What you're currently doing

The act of becoming aware of where your attention is focused helps you to direct your attention where you want it to be - on creating something significant.

Setting time aside

To learn to control your attention, set aside at least one time period per day to focus without interruption. Let it be no more than 90 minutes at a time. Do something important but not urgent.

Ask yourself: Are you scheduling time daily to focus without interruption?

The one big thing

Incoming demands and digital distractions can get in the way of real productivity. If you do one big thing today, you will feel like it is a productive day.

Ask yourself: What’s the one big thing you want to accomplish today?

Your motivation

It can be challenging to be productive in the long-term when you do things you don't feel motivated to do. Unless you have to push through with a specific task, it is much easier to work around things that keep you motivated.

Ask yourself: Why do you do this every single day?

Moving forward

Before you allocate time to any task, question the intended outcome. Ensure that everything you say and do move the ball forward toward your goal.

Ask yourself: s what I’m about to do (or say) moving the ball forward?

Hard focus

This intense focus is at the center of completing outstanding work in a compact amount of time. However, focus requires training to develop.

To start, schedule a 20-minute block of undistracted work, and then add 10 minutes every two weeks.

Ask yourself: What is your training system for increasing your ability to focus hard on something without distraction?

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Reading is work, important work actually. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. - Ryan Holiday

Pick a set of clothes you like and are comfortable in and buy a lot of them

This is a way to cut down on unnecessary decisions. It also means you’re focused on what is important (who you are vs how you look).

Exercise will make you productive

It will clear your mind, process any negative energy, and give you a win every day.  🏀 🏈

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Scheduling your day

A good daily schedule is a blueprint for a successful life. 

Knowing what we’re doing and when empowers us with a sense of purpose, meaning, and focus.

Scheduling styles

When it comes to our daily schedule, most people fall into one of two camps:
  • The Overscheduler: Their days are determined from the moment they wake up to their evening routine.
  • The Minimalist: They’ve got one or two recurring events, but a whole lot of white space so they’re “free” (at least on paper) for long stretches of work.

Your most important work

The most successful people consistently get their most important work done first.

Build recurring time for your most important work in the morning, before you start anything else. Your energy levels are naturally higher in the morning, but completing a meaningful task first thing has also a domino effect that pushes you through the day.

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