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Choose a “Highlight” Every Day

Make Time Month, Week 1

Jake Knapp
Jun 6, 2017 · 3 min read

“The Daily Highlight”

Every morning, write down one thing you can do for your project today — then do it!

This “Daily Highlight” is based on my friend John Zeratsky’s approach to task management. Every day, instead of trying to do lots of little things, he writes down a to-do list with just one big thing on it. (You can read more here.) Of course, he still does other things, but by committing himself to one specific most important task in the morning, he ends up prioritizing his day and doing more important work.

  1. Write it down. This is important! Write it on a piece of paper, or use the One Big Thing app, or whatever, but you must write it down!
  2. Schedule it in your calendar. Look at your calendar and find time for your Highlight. It might be before or during or after your normal working hours, if you have normal working hours. It might be anything from 5 minutes to 2 hours, depending on what you’re up to. But making room on the calendar is important.
  3. Do it.
  4. At the end of the day, reflect on how it went. Was it the highlight of your day? Whether you got it done or not, did it change your sense of satisfaction?

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