Don’t trust yourself, have a system

Have you ever had realized that you need to do something, figured you would remember it at the right time, and then forgot about it completely? It happens to me all the time. I want to believe that I have an excellent memory, but in reality I don’t. Sometimes things stick and sometimes they don’t. The problem is, there is no way to know with absolute certainty that I will remember the right thing at the right time. This is the reason that I need a system I can trust for remembering things; I can’t trust myself.

I think it’s the same for most every area of life. For example, I can’t trust myself to consistently keep my office clean unless I have a system in place to make that happen. I can’t trust myself to write blog posts regularly unless I have a system to ensure I sit down and do it. Etc.

What systems do you use to stay productive and get things done?

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