It’s easy to get swept up in doing the next thing. I feel it all the time.
I want to keep momentum and I’m also in the “doing” mode so I just keep going.
The last thing I want to do is stop because I feel like I’ll never start again.
Here’s the problem, if I don’t stop and take stock, I can lose sight of where I am and where I want to go. I need to refocus on Monday, not risk going down the wrong path.
Don’t read this wrong. I take breaks. Heck, this weekend, I watched all the football. But, that even makes Monday’s harder. I want to get up and go!
And I do – but… I take 10 minutes to review and set my direction.
I even woke up late today (did you see that Bills / Chiefs game?!) but still made it a point to work the DMD process.
Here’s how my morning went:
6:00 – Up and coffee, get mentally ready
6:30 – Wake up kid #1, breakfast, make lunches, more coffee
7:00 – Wake up kid #2, dishes, org spaces, ready for bus
7:30 – Bus #1, get ready for bus #2
8:00 – Bus #2, coffee, check email, any 911s?
Here’s where it’s easy to get off track and go down a rabbit hole. I’ve been running for 2 hours now and have a real internal desire to keep going while I’m in gear.
That’s dangerous. I could start replying to emails that have no real time constraint and/or working on something that can wait (or worse, not matter).
Instead, I can choose to stop a moment and reset my direction.
8:30: Open Define My Day
I sit and review last week’s milestones. Did I accomplish them? If something wasn’t done, do I need to do it today?
I take a moment to flip back to my monthly goals. Am I on track? What do I need to do this week to accomplish them?
I then write my milestones for this week based on this month’s goal and what I still have to do to complete them.
Suddenly, what I thought was going to be a priority today is not. It can wait until tomorrow… or later.
During this time, I also look back at my “Disciplines” page. I notice I tailed off a bit during the weekend. I can do better this week but overall I did well.
With my goals back in focus, any open issues from last week taken into consideration, I can now plan my day.
Priority 1: Write, including this email (Priority Work)
Priority 2: Next steps in my den renovation (Priority Home)
Priority 3: Me – read, meditate, exercise, eat veggies (Priority Health)
I have other work to do today including reviewing advertising, inventory, next month’s Productivity Pack and more.
It’s all listed out on my page and/or scheduled on my iPhone for later in the day.
But, no matter what, these 3 things will happen today.
This entire process took about 10 minutes. Less time than it took to write about it.
The result is a greater awareness of how much time I have to work with today, a sense of importance attached to each task, and a block of time to make sure I take care of myself.
Do this for yourself. You will thank me later.
Keep moving forward,
I’ve used planners and other methods, but so looking forward to starting with DYD. For learning, I’m reading around your site and this post is so helpful and gave me such good ideas. Thank you. Lookin’ towards reading more!