Create Your “Get Done Today” List

Do you suffer from having way too much on your “To Do” lists? Do you have lots of projects “almost finished” but not completely finished so you can check them off your “To Do” list? I use Asana to track dozens of tasks and projects for my multiple companies. Too many to count. I’m glad I have them in Asana because there are too many to track in my head. Yet I find Asana lacking in getting key projects done today so I can move on to something else.

I learned about having a “Get Done Today” list from the great Dan Kennedy. This is far superior to having “To Do” lists or “Doing Lists” cluttering up your desk. The concept is simple and really does work.

5-Step Process To “Get Things Done Today”

  1. Write down 3 to 5 things you will get done today. Do this first thing in the morning or at the end of the day. Each task will get done today so don’t write down, “Write book.”Instead, write down, “Outline book.” Write these down in the order you’ll do them.
  2. For each item, write down the start time and how long you’ll take to do it. You outline your book beginning at 9am and take an hour.
  3. Leave a gap between projects to check email and respond to requests. You will get interrupted and you will check email so plan for it. That’s why you don’t plan to get done 8 one-hour tasks in one 8-hour day. It won’t happen.
  4. Set a timer and start task 1. Get it done and check it off. Go on to task 2 and continue.
  5. At the end of the day, your 3 to 5 projects should be DONE.

If this approach sounds too simple, just give it a try and see what happens. Let me know what works for you in the comments below.

Now I’ve finished this article and can now post it. And check it off my “Get Done Today” list.