Writing a List

Know what you are doing tomorrow

Every wonder why you wake up in the middle of the night thinking about work? It is because you didn’t leave work at the office and parts of it are still being carried around in your head.

A technique I have always found helpful throughout my career is to always know what I need to tackle tomorrow which means spending time at the end of the day to plan out the next. You have probably heard this before and you have good intentions to do it but the call to go home is just too great!

I will admit it took me a while to get into the habit of planning out my days ahead but the payoff was well worth it, I started going home and leaving work behind and was able to jump right into what I needed to do the next day.

Smart phones and list apps have made this rather small task even easier, I found I could manage my days while riding the train home listening to music, then have these lists sync up to my apps and programs I have on my computer. Personally I use OneNote as it also helped me with other tasks like taking screenshots and meeting notes but there are plenty of others out there that will do the job nicely.

Starting something new is like forming a new habit, it isn’t easy but you need to start somewhere and here is an interesting article on how to form new habits. How to Build a New Habit: This is Your Strategy Guide.

What really kicked me off was I had a number of very busy weeks I needed to get through, I used this technique and stuck to it and realised that I was more efficient in the mornings and found I just stopped thinking about work when I got home because in the back of my mind I knew it was already written down ready to tackle tomorrow.