What are 3 great results for today? That's the question I ask to bootstrap my day. As simple as it sounds, I find it's the most effective way to cut through the fog each day. There's a lot of things I can do and there's lots of activities I'll be doing, but what are 3 great outcomes for today. That's it.
This is an example of my 3 great results for this past Monday:
Great is relative.
Why 3 things? It forces me to prioritize among a sea of potential results. Also, I can remember 3 things without writing them down, so throughout my day, I know what I'm working towards. I can say it in the hall.
If you manage endless to do lists and work on a bunch of stuff but don't actually get anything done, try focusing on 3 great results each day. It works.