I use a daily task list that’s a bit unconventional. It’s by Seth Godin (yes, I truly adore that man) and the organizer is based on the Zig Ziglar method of making progress on your biggest goals in the most efficient way possible.
On every page underneath every major goal after you record what you did to get yourself one step closer to that goal (Action Steps, anyone?), there’s a question:
Is this enough?
You can circle yes or no.
For me, this is revolutionary. I often “overcompensate” to the extreme. It’s part of my perfectionist legacy, inherited from the Puritan ethic, which basically believes that to find joy you must flagellate yourself to within an inch of survival.
I find myself choosing “the slog” rather than just taking the most natural next step toward my goal. I think I have to spend the next several years torturing myself to get to my goals, when all I have to do for that day is enough.
Seth’s book (and Zig’s encouragement) helps me to do enough. And when I do it, I get to circle yes.