HOW I IMPROVED MY PRODUCTIVITY WITH A DAILY CHECKLIST
Getting more done each day by reviewing and completing daily goals.
Hey, I’m back from a few weeks of busting my ass getting work done! Honestly, it’s been really nice spending my time focused on my work instead of writing, editing, and getting these posts published. But I still want to share with you what I have learned. So today, I want to share with you how I have improved my productivity to get my website completed much faster than I had originally expected.
I Improved my Productivity by Maintaining a Daily Checklist
At the beginning of the year, I decided to try a new productivity tool for myself: a daily checklist. I had tried a few different checklist strategies without much success, but this has really worked for me. It has kept me busy non-stop for the past few weeks and has helped me feel extremely productive. I am quite sure this is how I was able to get my website updated so quickly.
Needless to say, I want to share with you the steps to start maintaining your own daily checklist in hopes that it will help you too.
How to Create and Maintain Your Own Daily Checklist
If you feel like you haven’t been able to get much done, or when you get some free time and just can’t figure out what to do with yourself, give this strategy a try:
1. In the evening, create a checklist of things to do the next day.
- The more things, the better. And remember, you don’t have to get them all done the next day.
- Order the list by importance.
2. Execute that list the following day.
- Start at the top, don’t skip a step just because you don’t feel like it.
3. Add anything to the list that comes to mind during the day.
- Add it to the bottom of the list because you already have your list for the day.
4. That evening, review your checklist to see what you accomplished.
5. Create a new checklist for the next day.
- First, add the things from that day’s checklist that didn’t get done including the new items you added.
- Next, add anything else that comes to mind.
- Finally, arrange the list by order of importance so it’s the first thing you do the next day. (It’s ok to re-evaluate what’s important as you work along).
This has been my daily routine and I will tell you it really helps. I hope it will help you if you’ve been feeling like you aren’t making progress, or feel like you don’t know what to do when you finally have some time to do something.
The biggest advantage to this process is that you layout your path the night before. It gives your brain time to process it while you sleep. Then, when you get up, you don’t waste time trying to think of things to do. All you have to do is follow your checklist.
You don’t have to think so hard, but you get more done. Now that’s working smart.
Reviewing Your Goals is a Constant Reminder of What’s Important
Another reason why maintaining a daily checklist boosts your productivity is you’re constantly reviewing it. You will be less likely to forget what you need to do because you’re constantly reviewing your list. This is how I have improved my productivity, and I honestly think it will do the same for you.
I Updated the Website to Focus on Iconoflage
If you haven’t noticed, I have made a huge update to the content on my website.
With my switch from logo design to Iconoflage, I needed to have my website reflect that. So, one of the biggest goals I had for this month was to trade out all of my logo design content and replace it with Iconoflage. The home page, the portfolio, everything needed to be traded out.
The logo design projects are still available on the website since I refer to them in the blog, but they are not easily accessible through the menu or the homepage.
New Content focusing on Iconoflage
Needless to say, I have a lot of new stuff on my website. The site is now all about Iconoflage and displaying work that I want to be getting hired to do. At the moment, I only have three projects listed, but that will continue to grow in the upcoming weeks, and I’ll be sharing them with you as they come out.
If you’d like to follow along, I’ll be sharing the new projects with my newsletter subscribers.
Hint: I’m putting together another project that I did for a brewery. It will be published this coming week.
If you give this daily checklist process a try, I’d love to hear how (or if) it works for you. Just tell me below.