• Sam

Make Lists

Updated: May 26

A simple task with many applications.


1) Have someone else look over your ideas

2) Break down large tasks into topics, then topic-specific tasks

3) Make yourself accountable to the tasks


1) Have someone else look over your ideas

Sat in the gym last week I said to myself "I paint this bit of the ceiling and I'm basically done".


This is Reagan making the second version of the list of remaining tasks to be completed this week.


Without this, I may still be delusional about how "little I had to do"


2) Break down large tasks into topics, then topic-specific tasks

I delivered a lecture to A-level students on planning & productivity when I came back from university, and when a slide similar to this came up, someone shouted "durrrrrrrr".


However, the power of this is in its simplicity. It takes less than 5 minutes and requires no artistic skill. It's also outrageously satisfying striking through tasks once they're done.


3) Make yourself accountable to the tasks

A note pad can all it takes.

The more consistent you are with completing small tasks, the easier they become.

Also, imagine for 3 months, you have set 1-2 tasks in a shiny new notebook you bought especially for improving productivity. You have very satisfyingly stricken each task in this book and now you have a dilemma.


You have a hard task to do that you have low motivation for.


Being in this position don't ensure that you will do the task, but from personal experience, it makes it a damn sight easier to motivate yourself when you have that kind of consistency.


Make lists

Have others help

Break big things down till they are small

Make yourself accountable


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