If you’re trying to accomplish a big goal that—even in the most motivated of moods—is going to take multiple days or sessions to complete, you have to jump that mental hurdle of getting started over and over again. That’s when what we call a “reverse to-do list” comes into play.

Typical to-do lists are created before the work is done (it’s right there in the tense of the name). Reverse to-do lists, on the other hand, are made at the end of the day to document all that you’ve accomplished that day. That way, you can feel great about your progress, and set yourself up to know exactly where to start when the next session begins.

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