This is the fourth in a series of weekly Productivity Prompts - quick, simple tips or practices gleaned from productivity-related books or blogs that have helped me better manage my work, my time, or move things forward.
At the beginning of each day, ask yourself:
"What three things must I accomplish today?"
Or, using a slightly different tone, which I prefer:
"If I crossed off these three tasks today I'd be a really happy camper."
Then focus on getting those three tasks done and do a happy dance.
This could also work well on a weekly basis: "If I could get these [insert number here] tasks done this week I'd be extremely happy with myself and ready for a blissful task-free guilt-free weekend of lounging around doing nothing."
Just remember to keep it manageable and realistic to your time frame; it's easy to become overly optimistic!