I am a big fan of goals. I feel like when I have specific tasks that I am trying to accomplish, I become more focused on completing my goal. The best way that I have found is to make a list of the things that I want to accomplish in the day/week. I usually use a notepad or setup a new list in Wunderlist. A while ago I came across an article on Entrepreneur.com titled The Most Important 20 Minutes of the Day. The author John Meyer came up with a way of making lists that he calls “8 for the Day.” It is how I have been doing my lists since and today I want to share that information with you.
So with goals and lists the whole idea is planning. You want to think about where you are going and where you want to go. The goals are the markers that lead you to your destination. So the concept behind John Meyer’s “8 for the Day” is to take 20 minutes either in the beginning of the day or end of the previous one to sit and plan out your day. Ask yourself some questions: “what do I need to get done?” or “what can I do to step closer to my dream?”
Making your list
John Meyer’s “8 for the Day” is exactly what it sounds like, a list of 8 things that you want to accomplish for the given day. Monday through Friday he suggests making six of the items on the list professional goals, and the final two personal goals. On Saturday the list flips to two professional goals and six personal goals. Finally on Sundays you skip the list and take the day off.
I have modeled my daily list after “8 for the Day” since I have read the article. The fact that personal goals are integrated into the list makes it easier to complete the list. It’s not all about work, you have to live too. 8 for the Day incorporates that idea and makes you feel ok to do something other than work in a given day. That is especially important for someone already working a full-time job, because you never want to feel like all you are doing is working. That is a sure fire way to burn yourself out. Like John Meyer I agree that having a day to yourself is super important. Usually the only work related thing I do on my off day is visualizing my next week which may not sound like much but I have found it to be extremely beneficial.
The thing you want to remember is that like anything you have to find what works for you. This is just one way of doing it; there are countless methods that you can use to find your success and accomplish your goals. Instead of taking those guidelines as law, take the things that fit what you are trying to do and the way you work. Maybe 10 for the day works better for you or 5 for the week. Whatever it is, find what works. If you have a method for planning or list making that you would like share, leave a comment below. We are always interested in learning something new.
You can find the original article on Entrepreneur.com, linked here The Most Important 20 Minutes of the Day.
John Meyer’s website where he sales notebooks specifically for making list is linked here 8fortheday.com