Productivity Tip: Create Daily & Weekly Lists While Maintaining a Timelog

As we try to figure out how to be more productive with our technology and of course our time, writer Scott Young recommends creating two lists to boost productivity.

Essentially, one list focuses on what you must accomplish today and the other list focuses on weekly to do items.

In a Lifehacker post, he recommended moving items from the weekly list to the daily list as the week progresses. Here’s the kicker: As you’re working, only focus on the daily items. When the day is done, so is your list but he indicated if your daily list always has items leftover that trickle into the next day, you’re biting more than you can chew.

He wrote, “Set fewer goals and actually finish them. Easy, right? Unfortunately, almost nobody takes my advice! They claim that they have to get that work done, so they can’t possibly set a smaller to-do list. Instead, of setting smaller goals, they continue creating to-do lists they can’t possibly finish.”

And let’s face it — sometimes we think we’re accomplishing a lot but the reason we’re not tackling everything on the list may be due to distractions. In other words, we think we’re working more than we really are.

His advice? Create a timelog to track where your hours are really being spent. After determining how you’re spending your time, the next step is figuring out how to slowly increase it.

If you only work a few hours every day, assuming you’ll clock eight solid hours of work the following day may be overzealous. However, the goal of six hours of work while utilizing the timelog may help you with your productivity. Continue to leverage a timelog (even as simple as using an Excel spreadsheet) to see how your hours are being spent.