I had a meeting earlier today with a client who brought along his notebook (pictured). I suppose that we’re all busy, but 115 pages, just for today’s activities, seem a little excessive!

I asked him how many pages were on his action list was for next week. 500? 1,000?

The best advice I ever received on action lists is to list tomorrow’s top three actions the evening before. There will always be stuff that happens during the course of a day, but if you commit to and action your three top priorities then you can be confident that you are making real progress on your agenda.

And then you won’t need to carry around 115 pages of guilt.