My post on writing down tomorrow’s main tasks before going to bed has generated a lot of email. Chris Martucci of What Blag wrote to share his experience:
- You can fall asleep easier. There’s less tendency to stare at the ceiling, your mind racing, going through tomorrow’s schedule.
- As you say, you wake up on task. There’s less need to ask “Where do I start?”
- You get more done by setting realistic expectations. Sometimes, my “To Do List” can have dozens of items on it. It’s so overwhelming that I end up doing nothing. A list of three items is far more manageable.
Toby Coulstock wrote to ask about an iPhone app for creating a “tomorrow” to-do list. There are so many to-do list apps available, I hardly know which one to suggest. I use Due a lot (my mini review here) because it’s simple to create a task and schedule it for the future. Plus, it won’t let you off the hook, beeping like maniac until you act.
“Everyday, the iPhone makes my life simpler and easier. I don’t have to carry a dictionary around with me. I don’t have to wait until I’m at a computer to send a quick email. I don’t need to buy a GPS for my car or a pedometer for exercising. I don’t need to keep a planner or a book with me all the time. The iPhone simplifies all of these areas in my life, which in turn makes me more productive, calmer, and happier.”