In This Episode…
At the weekend I decided to make a monumental shift towards being more focused on how I use my time during my day. I realised I was getting sucked into trivial, reactive tasks at the expense of more important stuff. As a result I was bunching up my project work.
Well today is the first day I am experimenting with my new system and I thought I’d share my experiences with you.
Episode Show Notes…
So How Has Today Been Then?
I’ve had a really good day today.
I have been working pretty much full on all day.
Now that’s not unusual because I am busy most days. However today was by design rather than by default.
I worked out my new framework on Saturday and then planned what needed to be done today around that framework.
I had three planned zoom meetings today and was able to flex my framework around them.
On the whole I feel the effort was worthwhile, however I did learn a few things:
- My meeting with my web developer could be more targeted and better structured.
- My planning didn’t take into account preparation or follow up for the zoom meetings I’ve had today.
- It pays to jump on a task as soon as you can after it arrives in a meeting but bear in mind there might be a knock on impact to things planned after.
- Allowing more time than you think you need for something is a good strategy to give you a bit of flex between appointments.
- Sticking to the fixed time of the things you’ve promised you’ll do helps keep a sense of urgency about your effort.
- Planning your effort tomorrow at the end of the working day really helps to park unfinished stuff overnight.
- Having the deadline to complete the day before 7:00pm gives focus and a sense of urgency that boosts the effort at the end of a busy day.
So overall I am pleased with how things have gone.
There is still a lot to learn and develop before I am fully happy this is the way forward. But I’m making progress.
And to be honest, I haven’t felt this engaged and focused for a long time.
I think there might be something in this approach.