Goodbye 2013. Hello 2014.
Now that the calendar has flipped over again, it’s that time of year to create a list of resolutions that will most likely be broken and dismissed by Valentine’s Day. I know the odds are against me to keep my resolution all throughout the year, but I’ll have 0% chance of reaching it if I never set it.
So here goes.
…to stop running in place and be more productive with my time. Every morning, it’s been the same song and dance with my to-do list. I wake up and lie in bed, feeling a slight depression come over me with the amount of work I need to accomplish for that day.
But the truth is, I really have no idea how much or how little I need to do. I just know I have a huge list of things on my to-do app—listing every level of item from “Rebrand XYZ Company” to “Trim beard.” It’s really a bit out of control, and basically a dumping ground for every thought that passes through my mind. My fear is that if I don’t put it there, it’ll pass between my ears and be lost forever.
But I’ve never known where to start tackling this list of minutia or how to go about it.
Until now…I think.
In late February, I’ll be heading to San Diego to attend the Storyline Conference, hosted by author Donald Miller. This same group created a system—The Storyline Productivity Schedule—that will hopefully double my output this year.
Donald Miller and his group researched countless studies on the creative process, procrastination, positive work habits and willpower. (So basically, they researched most of my weak points.) And what they discovered is that the brain acts much like our biceps. It wears down when it gets worked out and requires some rest to recover. Not more work. And per Henry Cloud, it needs to only focus on one thing, for distractions to be inhibited and for constant reminders of the task at hand.
Sounds good so far. But if you’re like me, you’ve probably uncovered a few productivity schedules over the years, and you’re probably asking what’s so different about this one?! Well, here’s what intrigued me most about the Storyline Schedule:
So here’s the daily plan I hope to use every day for the next 30 days. After that, I’ll hopefully have made it my regular process and no longer need to complete the plan each day. Oh, and don’t worry. I’m not giving away some secret plan for free. You can download your own.
Everyday I start my day by filling out the following:
These should happen every 90-120 minutes and last 15-30 minutes. Ok, if they must!
So that’s the plan. Let’s check back in 30 days and see how it’s going. Keep my accountable please!
This completes project #1 for the day! Time for some rest/reward.