Its 10:30pm, and I just got in bed, ready to fall sleep. As soon as my head hits the pillow, my mind kicks into overdrive, thinking of everything I need to do the next day. Sound familiar?
I regularly struggle with this downward spiral of busy thoughts. Thankfully, I’ve found two exercises that help tame my mind; and they also happen to boost productivity for the next day.
The first strategy I imply is called a brain dump. When I'm overwhelmed with my to-do list, I write down everything on my mind. Anything that pops into my head goes on the list, from small reminders to big projects. I keep going until I've cleared every worry from my head.
Then, using the brain dump, I make a priority list — a Tim Ferriss productivity hack. A priority list is a small list of the top items that are causing you stress.
Do not confuse a priority list with a regular to-do list. My to-do lists are often endless, and rarely (okay, never) do I accomplish everything on the list in one day. Priority lists are different. Your priority list shouldn't have more than THREE items on it, and these are the FIRST tasks you'll work on the next day. Keeping the list small is key.
Start on the first and most important task the next day and work down the list before checking your email and getting sucked into the daily grind. After you've accomplished your three most stressful tasks of the day, no matter what happens later in the day, you'll still have had a productive day.
You'll be surprised at how much you can accomplish when you start making priority lists a habit. Combine them with a brain dump before bed, and you'll be well on your way to a healthier, happier, and more rested you.
I want to know your tricks to stress less! Tell me in the comments!
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