What Will You Deliver Today?

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

I have this little red book that goes with me everywhere. No, it is not a book filled with phone numbers of girls, that is another book :). This book holds all of my thoughts, ideas, and work. I would be completely lost without this book.

I am a big list person, checking things off gives me more satisfaction then actually completing the task. Everyday I put together my list of things I need to get done and review it about 4 times a day. This keeps me organized, focused, and motived to get my list done for the day.
Here is what a normal day looks like for me:

My little red book is my brain.
It forces me to get stuff done and not sit back and watch my twitter stream roll-in.
It makes me declare my goals for the day and accomplish them.
Plain and simple, it helps me deliver.

A huge challenge I think people face today is delivering something. It is like we have this idea that things will magically appear and all will be good. But after a while you have to get tired of sitting back and watching.

I think today is the day you start to deliver something. Pick one thing that you need to accomplish and get it done. Maybe it is for a side project you are working on. Maybe it is that hobby that you have wanted to start. It could be exercising, flossing your teeth, learning how to make a good cup of coffee, or simple just reading a book.

But you will never be able to accomplish anything without first figuring out how to get it done.

For me it is writing it down and checking it off.

What forces you to deliver?


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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • http://www.repaintedcanvas.com Zach

    This has been a huge change for me over the last few months! I always worked with an assistant who kind of forced me to deliver! She was a lot better at dates and details. Since moving jobs, I have been forced to make it happen on my own. I know I am the same way, I HAVE to write things down. I use evernote alot since it already is syncing my comp and my phone and that keeps me from having to carry another thing to write down in! Good word.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      i love evernote. I use it for all my coding and resources. Life saver

  • http://www.davidmehrle.com David Mehrle

    With all the technology that you have at your finger tips and your are using a moleskin?

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      I know. I have seriously tried to use all kinds of different apps and can never track with them or keep up with them. My red book is the only thing that I have kept consistently.

  • http://jonathanpearson.net Jonathan Pearson

    Kinda along the same lines. I calendar tasks sometimes. A reminder from my mac, ipad, and phone force me to remember and get it done.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      reminders are key. it is funny to get them, especially when it says…”get up and walk around” but you have to do it. At least I do or I will forget.

  • http://www.thedailywalk.net Adam

    Deadlines. If i have to have something done by a certain time it makes me work a lot harder at it.
    I use Evernote for keeping all my lists. Love the G2!

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      I love the .05 series of the G2’s.
      Best pen in the world…at least for me

  • http://www.jasonvana.com Jason Vana

    I’m a lot like you – I need to have a list or things don’t get done. I’ve tried using task apps, my iCal, and even just a Word document with everything typed up, but there’s just something about a hand-written to-do list that makes me actually sit down and get stuff accomplished.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      exactly, you cannot explain it but it is just easier to write it down.

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  • http://www.blakethompson.net Blake

    Do you use notebook for all your capture?

    I mean do you use it for lists and things that need to get done, but also for general note taking, journaling of ideas, notes from talks/sermons, etc as well?

  • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

    The clock forces me to deliver. It is always ticking away, never pausing for distractions or procrastination.

    I also use the Action Method to organize my projects and tasks.

    I love your huge moleskine.