Today’s tip is simple and practical -- so simple in fact that it is easy to dismiss. But if you build these practices into your routine, you will see some dramatic results.
1.) DO IT NOW
How many times each day do you think of something that you need to do - send an email, make a phone call, schedule a meeting, etc - but you don’t actually do it. Instead, you do one of two things. Either you try to remember it, or you add it to your To-Do List (a list that’s beginning to look like “War and Peace”).
By all means, DO NOT attempt to keep it in your head. That is a magnificent waste of your valuable creative energy. WRITE it down or speak it into a microrecorder. But absolutely, get it out of your head immediately. Carry a small pad and pencil with you at all times, just in case. The amount of freedom you will experience from doing this will surprise you.
Even more powerfully, do the activity when you think of it. If you simply wrote the email, made the phone call, scheduled the meeting, it would be done. Often, in less time than it would take to track it on your To-Do List. Sometimes that will not be possible or advisable. I am not suggesting sending an email as you drive down the highway. What I am suggesting is that you become more ruthless about taking action right away rather than putting it off.
The added benefit is that you have the most energy around the task when you think of it. When you add it to your To-Do List and come back to it, you won’t have the same energy around it anymore.