A better way to set your goals

This morning I did my morning ritual of setting my 8 For the Day for the 530th time. It’s a daily planning process of choosing my six professional goals and two personal goals for the day. It takes less than 20 minutes but it truly is the most important part of my day. Now for the past two years I’ve done this exercise with a hacked up notebook that I’ve made work for my system. It looks like this.

The very first day I did 8FD (12/4/12) I accomplished my goal of buying an engagement ring for my then fiancé, now wife. I knew it was a great system!

If you are anything like I was before I started doing my 8 For the Day, your daily to do list was a combination of sticky notes, iPhone reminders, some slick web app, and the back of your hand. It was a bit of a cluster and it never seemed like there were enough hours in the day to get everything done. Your biggest to do of the day was just making the to do list!

I want to help you.

Ever since I started blogging about 8FD or telling others about my daily process people have always asked, “What type of notebook do you use?” or “Where do I find a notebook for this?” So I’ve decided to do something about it. I’m designing the first version of the 8 For the Day Notebook, and if you’re reading this you can be one of the first to get one.

A sketch of the problem I want the 8FD notebook to solve. Write your daily goals in one organized place.

I’m designing the 8FD notebook to be a small, handheld notebook that you can carry around with you. It will be designed around my 8FD rules of setting eight daily goals — six professional and two personal Monday through Friday — and then switch to six personal and two professional on Saturday with no list making on Sunday. The notebook will be color-coded, simply designed, and the pages will be perforated so you can rip them off at the end of the day and prepare for tomorrow.

I’m targeting a ready to ship date of December 17, 2014. If you’re ready to start setting your daily goals you can purchase your pre-sale 8FD notebook here.

Pre-order your notebook here — http://gum.co/8FD

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