To-Do List Methods, Jocko Willink
Good afternoon, World 🙂
How hard should you work every day?
Every time I sit down to make my to do list in the morning, I ask myself, “What do I want to accomplish today?” and even more importantly, “How can I make myself proud today?”
I look at my weekly goals, then at my monthly goals, too. I assess how far behind I am — because that’s always the case, right? — and I consider what tasks I could tackle in the next hour that could place me a step closer to where I would like to be.
Sounds easy, and I guess it is.
But it’s also easy to become wrapped up in short-term maintenance tasks such as writing blurbs, writing articles, and editing whatever manuscript crosses my desk, that I often put aside the long-term objectives that are actually important for my writing career. Important goals like writing 1,000 words a day on my current work-in-progress, or even blogging, are easy to put off because the only person I let down by not completing them is myself.
And that’s a trick.
Don’t fall for that shit.
You’ll survive requesting extension on that order. You’ll be ok if you fold that laundry tomorrow or fill out that form after dinner.
But no matter what happens, longterm goals must take priority over the short term ones. Getting paid today is nice… But getting paid tomorrow is exponentially better.
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Have a good one, everybody, and thanks for tuning in.