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A few quick thoughts: Don't wait until February. Start now, even if your start is a small one. The work you're doing will be a lot easier if you exercise your productivity skills - they're not something to fall back to once the work is done. See this as an opportunity to reboot your routines, to drop less valuable ones and pick up healthy habits. ...


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My strategy: Never set a goal you don't mean to achieve. If you think you can run 5k in 25 min in 2 months, don't aim for 24 min just to be ambitious, aim for 25 and let anything more be an overachievement. I do this to avoid dreaming, which is always a hazard when setting goals. Always set concrete goals, even if the intention isn't very concrete. If you ...


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This really depends on the types of goals you're setting. For short term, simple goals I just add them to an electronic to-do list that I have got into the habit of checking every time I get back from work and at weekends. I also have a list of repeat tasks - things like taking the rubbish out on sunday night, cleaning out the fridge, organising the bills. ...


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TL;DR How to get back to track after being lost? [...] preventing yourself from losing it in the first place. You are still in the flow and are still accomplishing a lot, even if you have a big project that is pushing other things behind. If you look at it as many tasks on your backlog that are sitting at the top of the list, you will see that your ...


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I've found that sometimes it helps, sometimes not. I've found that the most effective deadlines are those imposed by others (e.g., client=paycheck, dinner reservations are for a particular time, etc.). Self deadlines require self-discipline, as well as self awareness about your working habits and styles. Allowing an hour to create a document, but then ...


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I have been using Excel sheet for that (it's easy to maintain and swift to work with), with column A as description of repetitive tasks column B named as Period - weekly/monthly/quarter/yearly and column D as weekdays, E as date, F as Quarter no. etc. use short-cuts shift+L for Auto-filter it comes in handy. You can also have a column of priority or ...


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Well, I manage them with Microsoft Notepad. (Actually, vi.) It's worked smoothly for a decade. If you insist on something fancier, googling for "to do list" recurring finds half a dozen. (Which half dozen depends on which month you do that search...)



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