Do you spend your days running from task to task, yet never seem to get anything done?

If this is true for you, then you will want to start with the DAILY Checklist from The Ultimate Goal Setting Checklist.

While the NOW Checklist shows you how to handle distractions in the moment, the DAILY Checklist enables you to optimize your days.

The DAILY Checklist covers three fundamental productivity principles:

First, tap into the energy of purpose.

Second, focus in on your priorities for the day.

Third, be intentional about making progress, no matter how small, each and every day.

Let’s dive a little deeper into each one.

Passion & Purpose

The first and last item from the DAILY Checklist is about connecting with your purpose and unleashing the power of your passion.

Passion and purpose are not the same thing. Purpose is about making a positive impact and passion is about doing what you love. Purpose asks, “What can I give the world?” Passion asks, “What can the world give me?”

We will go deeper into purpose in the PURPOSE Checklist. For now, know that it’s essential to connect with who you serve daily.

Track Moments of Flow

To identify your passion, you will want to track moments of flow.

Flow are those moments when you are so engrossed in an activity that you forget time.

They happen when you’ve created that delicate balance between competence and challenge. If an activity is too challenging, you will get frustrated. If it’s too easy, you will get bored.

The secret to discovering your passion is to make a point of tracking when flow happens throughout your day and be intentional about creating more of them.

Make discovering your passion one of your first learning objectives.

Put First Things First

The next two items from the DAILY Checklist are about managing your to-do list.

Each morning, determine your number one priority for the day and do that first.

Don’t underestimate the power of setting an intention the night before. You will be surprised how this one activity will 10x your productivity.

Shutdown Ritual

There’s a downside to passion and purpose.

We can get so caught up our work that our personal life suffers.

To help with this, I like to practice something called a shutdown ritual as suggested by author Call Newport from his book “Deep Work.”

At the end of each day, capture any unfinished tasks and identify your number one priority for tomorrow.

This allows you to empty your brain of everything that is happening, put it in its proper place, and transition to your life outside of work.

Turn Off Technology

We live in a hyperconnected world.

While I love how technology has advanced over the years, we as human beings are just starting to understand the negative impacts of always being connected.

Sleep loss, heightened anxiety, shortened attention spans, fear of missing out, and not being fully present during face-to-face interactions, to name just a few.

Just because our technology can keep us connected, 24/7 doesn’t mean we should.

The challenge that most people have is that we let our technology control us instead of controlling our technology.

As a starting point, utilize the downtime feature on your phone (or download one of the many apps that do this) and set a window of at least one hour before bed and an hour after where you disconnect from your technology.

Complete Your Keystone Habit

Habits are the routines that will ultimately take you to your goal.

We will cover habits in a later checklist. For now, know that a keystone habit is a routine that you do consistently, at the same time even day, no matter what.

Your keystone is the one habit that you build all of your other habits around.

My keystone habit happens to be 20 minutes of meditation. I do this every morning, first thing when I wake up, every single day, no matter what.

The secret of the keystone habit is that all of your other habits (habit stack) automatically kick-in because they are built around it.

Work On Your Passion Project

Passion projects are the short (less than 90 days) objectives that push at the edges of our comfort zone with the goal of taking us to the next level.

We will also be covering projects in a later checklist. For now, make a point of carving out 60 minutes each day to make progress on your passion project.

Invest In Learning

The last item on the DAILY Checklist is to invest in learning and personal growth.

The world is changing at an extremely rapid pace, and you don’t want to be left behind.

To ensure you stay relevant, read books, develop your strengths, watch TED Talks, and learn new skills are all excellent ways to invest in yourself.

Make learning and personal growth a priority.

In Summary

As you can see, the DAILY Checklist covers a lot of ground in the area of goal setting and achievement.

First, connect with your purpose and purpose.

Second, determine your priories and time block your most essential activities into your calendar.

Third, be intentional about making progress, no matter how small, each and every day.

In the next article in this series, I will show you how to live each week intentionally.

P.S. What’s one thing that you are going to apply today? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Post your comment below.

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