Most people overestimate what they can do in a month. Most people underestimate what they can do in a year.
Consistently working on something every single day produces more results than massive effort that you allow to fizzle.
This is an important lesson. You can apply it in many ways in your life. A little meditation each day can bring calm over the long run. Read a few pages per day and you will have finished a dozen books by year end. Add one new person to your network each day and you’ll have 365 new friends/colleagues/friends after a year.
We can take the compounding effects of daily practice and apply it to any habit.
THE HABIT TO END ALL HABITS
The most influential habit you can add to your life is making a list of top to-dos the night before
This is so simple. Get a notebook. Every evening, think about the day ahead. What task, if completed, would ease your mind, forward your career/business, and add to your health the most. If you could only do one thing tomorrow, what would it be?
Write that thing down in your notebook. Go to bed. Wake up tomorrow and do that thing before anything else.
Do not check your email. Do not text anyone. Do not post to Instagram. Do not check Reddit. Wake, shower, drink some coffee, and get to work on the one thing.
By doing the most important thing first, you’ve freed up the rest of your day. No matter what, today will have been productive all because of the thing I got completed before 10am. Anything else you do is a bonus.
This front-loading of work is the key to building anything: a creative project, a business, an impressive intellect, a supportive network.
The benefits of one daily practice can be huge. After a year, you will have changed as a person. After 3 years, you will have reinvented yourself. Get the most important thing done first. Do that every day.
Meditation, reading, language learning, gratitude, writing, meeting new people. On any given day, these may be “the most important thing” – after a while they, too, can become everyday things.
Never sacrifice the most important thing. Get up earlier if you have to.
This will transform your life.