Rid the Small Stuff on a Completion Day

Is your “To Do” list some days just too big?

Do the opposite of what some experts say. Do not work on the big benefit items but on the little stuff that eventually ends up as firefighting.


Make a list of all of the little tasks that keep accumulating – your procrastination list. Estimate the number of minutes each of these small tasks could take. Then do the shortest ones first and proceed through the rest.

Feel the energy and sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. Now for the next few days do this with a new list and start with what is most important to you. If some tasks take many days, break them down into chunks that take hours instead of days.

Top-down connections tool grounds the abstract, essence and purpose into meaningful details. Bottom-up connections tool connects ideas, tasks and facts with the bigger picture. This is just one tool of 50 Journaling Tools.