Every Day

Every day I make a list of tasks to do today on scrap paper, the back of an envelope.

Every day it starts with the same two tasks – jobs I’ve done before 8am daily for years.

Why do I still put them on the list? For two reasons.

First, because it feels good to cross something off a list. It makes my day feel constructive and gets me going toward the other, less consistent items farther down the list.

Second, because even a habit as consistent as this isn’t ever totally secure. By writing it every morning, I’m reminding myself to maintain these and other habits in my daily routine.

The simple act of writing down and crossing off these things is encouragement, reinforcement, momentum.

How do you keep track of the many things you’re doing every day? Are you acknowledging the things you do and using them to their greatest benefit?