3 lists of 3 that I find helpful as I start a week –
(1) What are the top 3 priorities for the week – across work and home?
(2) What are the top 3 priorities for the week – at work?
(3) What are the top 3 priorities for the day today?
I typically set (1) on Sunday, (2) on Friday before I finish up, and (3) at end of the previous day or at the start of the day. Maintaining consistency doing this has been a boon simply because it helps to know what I’m optimizing for as the week progress.
The principle – progress toward a goal is productivity. Everything else is activity. A simple productivity check at random points during the week, then, is – “are we aware of what goal we’re optimizing toward?”