At night, before going to bed, I write a TO-DO list to remember what I want to do tomorrow. It includes everything I wish to do, like what I wished to do when I was a child!
When I get up in the morning, I'm just too lazy to even look at the list because I know there are lots of things waiting for me! I do whatever I'm in the mood for. If I start to do what's written in the list, I'll fail to do more than one task. I'm not motivated enough to learn how I want or to finish the first one and start the next one. Therefore, I spend another day without being satisfied with what I've done.
Do you have any ideas for how I could increase my personal productivity?
I used to face the same problem. Here is how I cope with them:
- Use shorter lists with 4-5 tasks. Plan for half-a-day, instead of a full day. Then plan again at mid-day.
- Put the list where it can catch your eye, like a sticky-note or cellphone wallpaper.
- Use the Pomodoro Technique to work in short bursts.
- Treat yourself for completing a list (maybe a bite of chocolate)