How I love making checkmarks in little boxes. I’m a task list enthusiast, which is putting it lightly. I’ve tried every technique and app out there. At some point I’m going to dig into my task methodology, but for now, a tip.
Marc Champagne, the co-founder of Kyō¹, and I were having a pre-breakfast conversation last week about morning routines. We were discussing different strategies we use to get into a clear, positive mindset for the rest of the day.
At one point I mentioned my strategy for ordering my task list and Marc stopped me mid-sentence. He asked me to go back and describe in detail exactly what I meant. Marc had never hear of anyone doing this and, after thinking about it, I hadn’t either. So here it is.
I keep two task lists, one for work and one for everything else.² On the Everything Else list I tend to wake up with about 6-10 items collected over previous days, and I usually add another 4-6 throughout the day.
Here’s the tip: Add warm-up tasks.
I put 1-3 simple tasks at the top of the list—the warm-up tasks—and I make sure to complete them before I get to work. They’re usually straightforward things like Take out the trash or Schedule haircut. By the time I get to Studio Fig I’ve completed ~15% of my list. It’s just enough to build momentum for the rest of the day.
1. I'm an avid supporter of journaling by hand as part of the meditative/self-reflective experience. If you're into using your phone and want to check an alternative to Day One, check out Kyō.