What are the 1-2 things that if you get them done today, you'll go to bed content?

Published on Sep 6, 2020

The latest question posed by James Clear in his newsletter.


What are the 1-2 things that if you get them done today, you'll go to bed content? 


For some reason, that question works really well for my daily productivity. I start my day having a rough idea of the things I want to accomplish for the day. And I do get really antsy and uncomfortable if I don't finish them by the end of the day. Like the day is incomplete and wasted. 


The problem is I'm often greedy when it comes to my productivity. When I try to get too much done too often, too many days in a row end up being incomplete. And that stresses me out. As you can see, I am my own worst enemy. My good days and bad days are often my own doing (and undoing).


So what can I do?


Just follow Mr Clear's prescription. Just 1-2 things per day. Nothing that wouldn't fit on a 3" x 3" Post-it note when writing with a Sharpie marker pen. Just 1-2 things for the feeling of relief and achievement, that I had a productive day. That I had earned my wages, and can go to bed feeling contented, satisfied and relaxed. Anything else I accomplish beyond the 1-2 things is a bonus for even sweeter dreams.


So what will you get done today/tomorrow that'll make you go to bed content?