Marc Andreessen has an insightful post on productivity that can certainly be extended to personalize the Action Method.
A few highlights:
- Don’t keep a schedule: Andreessen cites Arnold Schwarzenegger’s story, as told in the book A Perfect Mess, that emphasizes the importance of focusing on whatever is most important at any given time, rather than keeping a schedule that ultimately gets in the way of making progress.
- “Keep three and only three lists: a Todo List, a Watch List, and a Later List.”
- “Each night before you go to bed, prepare a 3×5 index card with a short list of 3 to 5 things that you will do the next day.”
I encourage you to check out the full post, as it is full of useful insights on managing email (rather than letting it manage you), using the ipod as a tool to ward OFF distraction, and other helpful goodies…