We say a lot of things. But we end up doing only a tiny fraction of what we say.
We say more, do less.
Think about it.
How many times have you said you wanted to exercise every day? Or exercise more every day? Or just exercise more frequently?
How often do you really exercise?
I say I want to exercise everyday every day. But I rarely exercise. How often does that happen with you?
We rarely get to the things that are not visible to us every moment.
It’s like driving a car. You don’t drive a car with your eyes closed, do you? When you drive, you know exactly where you are going. You see the road, the turns, the exits and the landmarks. And you arrive at your destination.
What can you do to make the things you say you’ll do more visible to you?
You’ve tried day planners and diaries. Calendars and electronic scheduling systems. Perhaps they work for you – and if they do – you’re already accomplishing more every day.
For others, here’s a simple recipe to doing more, every day.
Get a stack of index cards. Any size works.
Every night, write down five things you would like to accomplish the next day. These better be things you really really really want to accomplish. The big rocks. The boulders. The most important things. Call them anything – but if these are the things that matter to you – they need to be there.
Each of these five things you list down should be doable in one day – for you. Be realistic.
Your list could look like:
- Write the blog posts for the next week.
- Complete the strategy presentation.
- Read a book you’ve been putting away for an year now.
- Complete market research on the new project.
Carry this index card with you through the day. Look at it frequently. It’s difficult, if not impossible, not to accomplish the items on your list every day – if they remain in your sight all day long.
Occasionally, your might not complete all items on this list. That’s okay – as long as it’s occasional. If not, you need to see if you’re being realistic about what you want to accomplish.
There will be more things that come up through the day. You could add four more items to this list through the day. You shouldn’t have more than nine important things to accomplish every day. Our minds can only think about seven things at a time, give or take two.
When you’re executing an item on the list, complete it fully. Unitask. Focus. Get it done. Then move on.
Try it out today. You’ll be surprised at how much more you can accomplish today. And every day.
Say less, do more.