I have recently been expanding my daily task list immensely and now to finish all of the tasks it can take me from 5 to 6 hours per day.
Even though that can be intimidating and it does sound like a lot of work, I didn’t get there starting with 6 hours of constant work.
At first, it was something easy and tiny. The whole reason that I created the tracking journal is because of GitHub commits that I wanted to do every day and also the social media posts that I also wanted to experiment with.
There were around 4 tasks, and as soon as I finished all of them, that were all of my responsibilities for the day.
Then after some research and some, thoughts I added another task, it was to keep on doing at least one done per day at WIP. They have the streak system, and some people even reached 731 days of doing work daily! That is really mind-boggling for someone that has only very recently discovered the power of habits.
Then, after 4 tasks came 5, and now I am at 30 different tasks with different time requirements that I have to do every day.
The crazy part is that when I wake up and do my morning routine, I sometimes glance over what is left for me to do today, and my head starts to hurt. I experienced that couple of times when starting, but then I have designed a little trick.
How to finish
It is tough to look at the huge list of todo tasks, but if you can tick one off straight away than it automatically signals your brain that the whole list is doable, plus you get a dopamine hit from ticking the checkbox off.
My personal task that I check off straight away is Roam Morning and Roam Tomorrow those tasks check whenever I reviewed the daily habit tracker in the morning and whenever I have copied the tasks to tomorrow.
This is how my day starts and from there on it is already a habit and it a natural flow of work.
I understand that big habits can be annoying, but they are the most important part of your day. I choose to wake up as early as possible, starting from 4:00 to 6:00 maximum.
This is not only to enjoy better clarity and better day structure; it also makes sure that I can deal with the habits and personal tasks first, before the day work starts. You understand that while you are getting bombarded by messages, emails, and phone calls, you are not really able to focus. That is why waking up in the morning is one of the best things you can do to improve your flow through the day.
It might seem crazy what I am about to say, but 6 hours of daily habits is a pretty small amount, considering that we are awake 15-17 hours per day.
There are writers that write 30 thousand words in a week every week.
There are coders that create an app per day.
There are artists that draw a painting per day.
All of them also have extraordinary quality due to years of practising such demanding routines.
This is how you become great. Starting small and slowly increasing the time and difficulty of everything you do.
None of us were told that this way of living life exists in schools or universities, and only you can decide to live a better life.
Start now. Get perfect later.