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STEP 1 (5 Minutes) Set Plan for Day. Before turning on your computer, sit down with a blank piece of paper and decide what will make this day highly successful. What can you realistically accomplish that will further your goals and allow you to leave at the end of the day feeling like you’ve been productive and successful? Write those things down. Now, most importantly, take your calendar and schedule those things into time slots, placing the hardest and most important items at the beginning of the day. And by the beginning of the day I mean, if possible, before even checking your email. If your entire list does not fit into your calendar, reprioritize your list. There is tremendous power in deciding when and where you are going to do something.
The infamous Seinfeldian Chain is back with a new printable implementation. Don’t know if it’ll actually produce any positive results but it sure looks good, which of course is half the battle…
Refocus is a simple printable template that allows you to lay out a handful of goals and track your adherence to those goals over the next 30 days.
Tracking goals in a concrete and visual way is an excellent motivational tool. The Seinfeldian Chain, previously covered here, is certainly a strong example of the effectiveness and popularity of the technique when used as motivation for a single goal. The ReFocus worksheet allows you to track up to five goals over a month. From the author’s web site:
Let’s get started. Write down the projects name, like: Product Brochure for My Brand Inc. Put a circle in front of the name. Then, indenting lines a bit, draw a circle. After the circle, you write down the actions you need to do before the project is finished. One line at least for each action. You might want or need to add a few actions or a phone number later on, so leave a little space between projects.
Ok, this was about the bones and now it’s the meat. The Circle.
We now have projects with its actions, all with circles in front. And we surely have individual actions that are not part of any project, like Pay this bill and so on. Put everything in, every action you need to execute at home or work. Don’t try to remember everything — except one thing: The notebook remembers.
photo by paul worthington
Recently I’ve developed the habit of doing a brief daily review just before I go to bed. When I say brief I mean brief, taking only five or ten minutes max to write in my Moleskine Daily Planner a overview of my day…what worked and didn’t work…what I should focus on tomorrow.