With unlimited access to productivity doodads, apps, and planners, knowing our priorities is supposed to be effortless. But what if everything you need to do that day—finish an article, work on that presentation outline, work out, and so on—all feel like a priority?

I once heard on the Tim Ferriss podcast that, when it comes to each item on his to-do list, Ferriss asks himself: “If this were the only thing I accomplished today, would I be satisfied with my day?” If he answers yes, then that’s what he prioritizes.