1 Trick to Demolish Your To-Do List

In today’s video, I’m going to teach you one surprising yet totally effective way to trick your brain into getting more done in one day than you do in a week, and I want you to try it out…

If you accept my challenge, not only will you enjoy a sense of accomplishment and purpose for burning through your priorities at lightning speed, but you’ll actually feel like you’re on holiday right in your everyday life. This is going to be rewarding and fun, so don’t miss out…

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  1. sara says:

    i loved every thing you just said because i like doing every thing then just sit and relax and i am taking your advise and start making plans for my weekends.

    thank you for this amazing and helpful video

  2. Eughtina says:

    Dear Matthew,
    This is the best advice I have ever gotten on how to get work done.
    I have tried it on now since you posted the video and it has been very helpful and very very powerful.
    I thank you .
    Walk safe

  3. Noelie C. says:

    Beautiful sunset! Cyprus sounds like the perfect place to have a working holiday! Hope you had a wonderful time there!

  4. anna says:

    wow. I feel like this is one of the best videos you have ever done.
    I would have never thought about all this and now you made me think about it .

    Thank you Matt
    love you

  5. Beth says:

    I had such a great 2 weeks of holiday because I got what I needed to do done before I went away then when I was on holiday I felt more relaxed because I felt like I was free from worrying about what I needed to do. Hope you have a wonderful Holiday Mathew!

  6. Witting Uta says:

    Love this video!!Great thought, so simple yet very powerful. Usually I treat Friday as the ‘letting go/mental weekend’workday after a full week schedule. Turning it into the powerhouse of the week is an amazing shift of energy. I had such a terrific weekend:))

  7. Diane says:

    Thank you as well to Jamieson!

  8. Diane says:

    Thank you Matthew – a great idea! I will feel like I’ve gone on holiday if I get something accomplished!! Thank you for that!! And Wow – enjoy yourself – you deserve it!! -thank you both (Madison too!) for showing us the view, what an amazing place!!


  9. candice critch says:

    Wow. I NEVER leave comments on anything, But you definitely hit the nail on the head with this one. I watch many of your videos and truly take the “life lessons” to heart and do my best to apply what works for me in my own life. I’m actually leaving for a three week work/holiday/road trip/campingtrip. It’s going to be awesome and I can’t wait, but you’re totally right! This week I’m completely focused on things that I’ve been putting off for months – updating my website, oil change on my car, unpacking from our move, and the list goes on. When I get back I’ll definitely be trying to make the most of my time and treating the weekends or every other week like an at home holiday. Why not enjoy the time you’re at home right? Thanks for this video.

  10. lida abdollahi says:

    Hi.I always watch your videos here or on Facebook. You motivate me. A funny story. I followed your rules about getting your ex back. I was successful and he wanted to see me again but I couldn’t resist my feelings that how miserable I was without him. He left me again and told me couldn’t hang out with me anymore. It wasn’t a good relationship, but I had so much fun with him and couldn’t be happy by myself. I started my new life again. I’m so happy now and I feel free. I start online dating again and it’s all fun to me! Have a wonderful life! Love you so much!

  11. Kaikherington says:

    Hi Matt!!! Thank you for all the amazing life lessons I surely needed a refresher course ;) btw your awesome if you haven’t known all already.

    Thank you,

  12. Marie Negron says:

    Hello Mathew, hope you are having a good day. I love that you always give me topics to think about and actually know how I feel sometimes. For the past few years I’ve been ” wasting weekends ” doing non productive things or errands that I don’t get to do during the week. But I want to try and be more productive and do things that help me move forward in life. So I will do this test and let you know how I feel . Thank you so much for opening up our minds to a better understanding of life and relationships.

  13. Tamar says:

    I just enjoy you’re stuff Matt,
    your videos and content always make me feel so happy and inspired
    I send you my love
    have fun chiling at the pool!!

  14. Mary says:

    HI, great content, but where did you stay, as in which hotel? Mary (retreat graduate)

  15. Sam says:

    Great tip, thanks Matt! Love this type of videos. :)

  16. Emily says:

    As someone who can be task-driven when it comes to work and to-do lists, a concern I have about this advice is it doesn’t leave much room for relationships, to stop and chat with a co-worker or have spontaneous lunch with a friend. E.g. I spontaneously asked to have dinner with a friend last night who normally would’ve LOVED to grab the chance, but she couldn’t because she was busy preparing to leave on an international trip. If we lived every day like that, we’d run people over.

  17. Marina says:

    Hello, Matthew!

    I’m new here. I have recently started following your videos and posts. You’re AMAZING! I’m sorry I’m addressing you here but I don’t know where I can ask the question and… I really need your help… :)

    I met the guy let’s say 5 months ago 2 times only. We texted a lot until (as I have guessed already) I showed I was too interested. The thing is I asked him ocasionally to hang out 2 times thinking he was too shy to forward…and he agreed but then refused. I kept silent and he too. He never called me, wrote a couple of times and we had a wonderful …again texting. I watched your videos that texting sucks and I could agree. But IS THERE ANYTHING I can do to understand whether he likes me or not and should I completely forget about him or do something??

    Looking forward to hearing from you, Matthew
    Have a nice vacation in Cyprus by the way ;)

    • lida abdollahi says:

      Why don’t you ask him directly? Tell him what exactly you are looking for. Don’t waste your time with a person who doesn’t like to see you. People travel to another city to visit their girlfriend. Some people are addicted to text on the phone, I was with these ill mannered people.

      • Marina says:

        Lida, thanks a lot for your anwer. I believe what you wrote is true. But I can’t ask him directly because we sort of work together in one industry.

  18. Wendy says:

    I’m going to try this

  19. Suzanne says:

    Hi Matt!
    Could you make a video where you share a piece of advice on how to deal with anxiety? And how to believe in yorself and gain confidence?
    How to not be afraid of people judging you?
    In a month or so I’m having a retake of an oral exam – practical usage of English language (I’m from Poland and I’m studying English philology)
    Lack of confidence and low self-esteem may blight my future career and dream job.
    Take care! :)

  20. Miranda says:

    Hey Matt!! Another motivational video! thanks:)
    I am a big fan of yours for a few years now and I am from Cyprus!! Too bad you didn’t plan a seminar here in Cyprus for us!!
    For sure I will join one in London soon i hope!
    Enjoy your stay in our lovely island!

  21. Ha says:

    Thanks to you I handed out a final project yesterday, finally !!!
    I’m happy !! Thank you Matt !! I really wish I could go on a holiday abroad, unfortunately for now I can’t, but this deffenetly feels like freedom :)

  22. Jenny says:

    Hi Matt,

    I just wanted to say that your video helped me in the most unexpected way. I’m about to apply for a writing fellowship, and I’ve been struggling to decide what I want my proposal to be. I’ve been thinking constantly of Greece, ever since I returned from a month-long retreat on the island of Thasos, but I wasn’t sure if it was the best direction to take. Long story short, the fact that you ended this video with shots of Cyprus, playing Greek music has been noted by me as a sign that YES I SHOULD. So, thank you.

  23. Ksenia says:

    Hello from Cyprus, Matt !

    Thank you for brilliant tip and welcome to our island !!!

    You should consider it as a perfect spot for one of your Retreat programs !!!

    Enjoy :)

  24. Elizabeth says:

    Hey Matt! Funny that you addressed this challenge at this time. A week ago, I actually did the exact thing yo challenged us to. Not because I was going away but , unfortunately, because I knew I was coming down with shingles. I had a slow start to the weekend in which I did everything to procrastinate from doing the things that I knew I really needed to address. When I realized that I was in fact pretty sure I was developing shingles and knew I would not be in any shape for an unknown amount of time to accomplish any of the “work” that I had been putting off, I actually went into a very focused frame of mind determined to move forward and accomplish my tasks. On Sunday I really addressed all of the work that I had been putting off. In fact, after I completed the work I realized that the procrastination actually was more work than just doing the tasks. They went very quickly and I felt a real satisfaction once they were completed. I then felt that I could go ahead and be ill and not have that “work” hanging over my head!lol Thankfully, I had caught the shingles early enough and was put on medication so my case was not anything as severe as those cases we see in the commercials on television. Not working like the day before a fun holiday but a holiday from work neverthelss!lol Now that I just saw your challenge and am reMinded of how quickly I achieved the previous tasks, I am now going to go tackle a couple of other tasks. IF I focus they to will accomplished rather quickly and I can then focus on reading the book club book.

  25. Warren says:

    Hi Matt

    Awesome challenge, tried it this afternoon and it works great, got so much momentum while bashing through the stuff that needs to get done. Thanks a lot, and keep challenging us like that way, it feels like you’re with us one on one.

  26. Sam says:

    Once again Matt, you hit it right on the spot:
    just started that and it feels sooooo good!!! :) :) :) cuz I aint going on holidays anytime soon but my mind feels like a holiday :) :) you really are the best :) <3

  27. JillinOz says:

    Hi Matt (and Jameson),

    I love that you two are on holiday and bubbling up to bursting with a great idea that you just needed to share with us all.

    It’s good advice, too – the points you just have to say often are.

    Do be sure to put your feet up and take your mind off the rest of the world.

    Good luck boys ;)


  28. Melissa says:

    its late at night and I’m in bed in my messy bedroom and just watched your video. I’ve been trying to patch up my house for the last month, I can’t get motivated. Just watched your video. Let you know what happens

  29. Lisa says:

    Ok I’m gonna clean up my room now because then I can relax, watching your other videos while having a coffee! :D

    thanks Matt! :)

  30. Bella says:

    Dear Mathew,
    Your videos always make me smile. You manage with such an easy to make them so adorable and to give us a feeling…like you are talking to a friend. Thank you so much for the inspiring words. I wish you would have more tour dates in Europe. I will try my best to catch one of the events somewhere. Today I felt I behaved in a matter of your emails, as the facebook moron users, who always read everything, but never say something. I am sorry for that. I have been following your work for a long time and loved every single word. If you ever need an artist for your projects, I would love to do something for you.
    Thank you for sharing so much passion for life and light with us.

  31. leesa says:

    Matthew talks the penny drops kinda like a real clarity of the situation
    A real great enlightenment :)

  32. Cate says:

    This was brilliant… True and straight to the point. Thanks Matt xo!!

  33. beth andes says:

    I’ll let you know how it goes this week at work. I think this is a great idea.

  34. Kathryn says:

    I’m moving tomorrow to an apartment which has been re-developed from a hotel and has sea views. I had a day yesterday where I shredded about three yrs of paperwork, wrote important emails perfectly and so succinctly, have my important documents file up to date, contacts on my iPad updated. Why had I not done this before now? I woke up this morning feeling on fire, excited for life, ambitious, driven, so happy and light inside. What a difference a day makes. I have time to hand the flat back, make it look spotless. But in my head I’ve moved and I want to go tomorrow and spend the next week feeling like I’m on holiday. All those pressing emails sent, I can do no more at the moment. Wait for processes to happen, but I’ve set as much as I can in motion for now. Then I wake up today and view your video. I cannot recommend it enough, I feel like I’m young and vital again.
    Nice to see you on holiday, all congratulating Steve on his success. Have a great week, thanks Matt, will always follow you. Kathryn xx

  35. Nina says:

    Wow! Brilliant ! U have very practical ideas and advices ! Love it !

  36. Ju says:

    Hi Matt,

    it is an interesting idea and useful for certain types of task, but for me the things I don’t get done are not tasks that I can cross off my list by doing them once, like before the holiday.

    What I don’t get done are the things that require consistent small actions – eg.: study everyday a language I’m learning, change my job to a more fulfilling one. Any ideas to overcome that are more than welcome!

  37. Monique Lemmens says:

    Hi Matthew,

    as I live alone, I tend to not always keep the place tidy..but what works well for me, is simply having friends and travelers over quite offen, so I HAVE to keep my place tidy. its not that I like it untidy, but I just get lazy I guess. But I’ll try your trick too..

    cheers, hope to meet one day :D

  38. khadija says:

    Thanks mathew it really helped me to overcome my problam.

  39. neska masimula says:

    Once again tanx for ur support and I would love to join you but with a bad luck I’m staying far from your country ,once again thanks for letting us know where you are right now

  40. Naome says:

    I already do this on a regular basis, I take a Friday off to get all my chores done, then when I wake on Saturday morning I know I have two days to do exactly as I wish guilt frees Bliss!

  41. Hadas says:

    Once again, you’re incredible.. Such a great and smart idea. To set “a deadline”, a”good deadline” and to live our life here and now, enjoy the moment, the way, and not just getting to the target, where there’s sunny sky (as you say) and it’s temporary (although it’s real fun), till our next holiday.
    Hope to manage implementing it more and more..and by the way good to see you getting closer to my geographical area :)

  42. Danielle says:

    Great video & idea! I would’ve joined the challenge, but I leave for Spain on Tuesday and had one of those über productive days today, so that I’m not rushing around the night before… I’ve been a bit of a ninja these past few days and it feels awesome. I definitely plan on keeping it up upon my return.

    Thanks for telling us where you are, it’s incredibly beautiful! Enjoy!

  43. Bell says:

    This is such a clever realization, this happens to me all the time but i never really thought about it. And I love the fact that you’ve created a challenge, because i’m a really competitive person so…I’ll definitely do it.
    By the way thanks for the inspiration that you are for so many people around the globe, it’s really cool!!! Muito obrigada Matt,a hug from Portugal!

  44. Elaine Domingos says:

    Dear Matt,
    Thanks to you today i trick my mind like was a holiday tomorrow and i got something done that i was post pone for months! It was driving me crazy seeing my closet a mess every day. I clean up and organize everything all Afternoon . It was hard but i finaly did it. Love y thanks so much I’m glad I listen to you. ❤️❤️❤️

  45. Jen says:

    Great information as always Matt :) I love the song at the end! Can you share the name of it please?

  46. Vella says:

    thanks Mathew!!,
    This is a great idea and will certainly help me in everyday things ! Kind of like pretending…..I’ll think, I’m having a date over or a home party…..that will work on clutter too!

  47. Kelly says:

    Brilliant! So true. I am amazeballs when it comes to getting my life together the day before vacay.

    Love it Matthew.

    Thank you!


  48. Nora says:

    Totally loved your video! I think I will take the challenge. How could I do it every day of the year though? Have fun in Cyprus!!

  49. Ramya says:

    Thank you Mathew for your holiday trick idea.It is very useful and productive.Like

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