I saw a blog posthttp://www.bohoberry.com/17-before-2017/ within the bullet Journal community discussing the benefits of creating a 17 before 2017 list.
The idea of this list is to put 17 things on it that you would like to accomplish before the start of 2017 to clear out some debris that has been languishing on your to-do list to start the new year with a cleaner slate.
Of the 17 items on my 17 before 2017 list, I only completed between 10-12 of them, but it meant that I could start the new year with 10-12 less tasks on it, creating less psychological drag.
My experience with my 17 before 2017 list.
I started my list on the 1st December and had a list of things, some big, some small that I wanted to get completed before the end of the year.
I found that having this list with a fixed short-term deadline focused my mind and attention on this list and built up momentum to cross each item off.
Some of the items were very big, such as getting ready to put our house on the market, and rewriting every blog post to make it more accessible, through to setting my annual goals for 2017, and ensuring that my new bullet Journal was setup ready for the oncoming year.
In reality, I didn’t complete the entire list, I completed 10 out of the 17 items, (Including getting my annual goals set and rewriting my entire back catalogue of blog posts).
Most importantly, however, I had a great time with my wife and children and enjoyed the festive season, which is also important for balance in life.
Starting 2017 with less backlog and drag will increase the chances of me reaching my annual goals in 2017, while not bringing along too much baggage from 2017.
I have already added a diary entry on the 1st December 2017 to produce my 18 before 2018 list.
Question: How could an 18 before 2018 list improve your productivity? Let me know in the comments below
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