1. Go small
Don't focus on being busy; focus on being productive. Allow what matters most to drive you today.
2. Go extreme
Once you've figured out what actually matters, keep asking what matters most until there is only one thing left. That core activity goes at the top of your success list.
3. Say no
Whether you say "later" or "never," the point is to say "not now" to anything else you could do until your most important work is done.
4. Don't get trapped in the "check-off" game.
If we believe things don't matter equally, we must act accordingly.
From "The One Thing" by Gary Keller