Imagine that you are walking through the woods.
As you follow your ears you come across an energetic woodcutter working very hard to chop down a tree.
You catch a glimpse of his axe... It’s blunt and he’s really struggling.
Being a good fellow you suggest that he takes a few minutes out to sharpen up his axe. “It will make your task so much easier,” you assure him.
He replies in a frantic tone, “Forget that, I’m too busy chopping down this tree!”
Since a dull axe requires great strength, sharpen the blade. That's the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed.
- Ecclesiastes 10:10
Your axe is your daily To Do List.
As I shared in Project Planning our goals need to be chunked down.
A six month goal should be broken down into six one month goals.
Each of your six one month goals should be distilled down into four one week goals.
A month-at-a-glance planner and a weekly priority planner will assist you as you carefully craft out your well orchestrated plan of attack.
So shrink all of your goals down into bite sized pieces - A set of dynamically evolving sub-goals that appear on your daily To Do List.
A To Do List is simply a note pad (hard or online) that keeps all of your daily priorities in one place while serving you as a master checklist.
To create your daily To Do List, each night list your planned activities for the next day in order of importance.
With the most important task as number one, you’ll hit the ground running with a sharp, systematic approach, cutting through with focus to the successful achievement of each of your goals.
As you start each day, take action on priority one. Once completed, your second priority becomes your new task and so on down the list.
Your To Do List is actually your master list of hourly goals.
I have found that the discipline of creating and working to a daily To Do List is one of the most valued personal development skills I’ve ever acquired.
Create the discipline of never starting a day without one.
With a sharp To Do List you’ll achieve more in less time with less expenditure of energy, resources and effort.