5 Must-Have Lists for Personal Optimization

#1 Master List

A catch-all list.

Projects, tasks, ideas, notes, lessons.. anything, everything goes in here. Whether act on it or not, doesn’t matter. Knowing that my stuff is valued and is out of my brain – keeps my sanity.

I use a notebook for this. You can use any other form you want

Don’t try to process it by – categorizing it or prioritizing it. That comes later.

For now, just ensure that you catch it as it comes.

#2 Goals list

I too have list of goals I would want to achieve.

It is a combination of want, have, to be list. Usually it is time-bound with a deadline. Or at least I artificially try to create a milestone with a time stamp. It helps me to create a sense of purpose and urgency within myself and a target to aspire for.

Beyond that, I am careful it doesn’t simply become a wishlist. I don’t want it be just wishes, I want concrete results.

#3 Big rocks/ Focus areas list

Priorities, Focus areas, Roles, Themes, etc. It’s called by many names.

Mine are:

  • Spirituality
  • Family
  • Writing
  • Work

That’s it. I have nothing else to aspire for. My life and actions are surrounded by the above four focus areas and I ensure I don’t disserge away from it.


High Impact Tasks/ Most Important Tasks. 

It’s my daily must-do list. Or more positively can’t-help-without-doing-it list or feel-miserable-without-accomplishing-it list.

I don’t have to write it down daily. You just have to decide upon it.

It’s defined by your Big Rocks and should be alinged to your Goals.

3 is usually a good number.

#5 Daily Practice/ Routines list

I hate habits. But I have created a Daily Routine, with a cute Tracker and all.

It works.

Freewriting & 10 ideas is my everyday force multiplier. I don’t miss them at all.

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