What a fantastic post. And so many great suggestions that I’m hesitant to choose a sample…so I’ll limit myself to three:
Each night before you go to bed, prepare a 3×5 index card with a short list of 3 to 5 things that you will do the next day.
And then, the next day, do those things…
Don’t answer the phone.
Let it go to voicemail, and then every few hours, screen your voicemails and batch the return calls.
Say, twice a day…
Only agree to new commitments when both your head and your heart say yes.
In my experience, it takes time to tell the difference between your head saying yes and your heart saying yes.
I think the key is whether you’re really excited about it.
If you get that little adrenaline spike (in a good way) when you think about it, then your heart is saying yes….
Most of the tips on this page strike me as being very practical, real-world, battlefield advice that works. And even if you can’t totally avoid a schedule or totally keep email checking down to twice a day, it won’t hurt to soak up the spirit of these ideas and let them move by osmosis into the places where they can do you some good. Shake it up a little.
Highly recommended for anyone who likes 43-folders-esque stuff.