Okay, so I've always been kind of a productivity junkie, and now I feel like I'm a productivity junkie on steroids. I read a lot on the subject and listen to many podcasts. In fact, my two favorites are on the subject: The 5AM Miracle and Beyond the To Do List. Both are definitely worth listening to, and it's great to fill my mind with knowledge. I think that's what motivates me to get up and walk every morning. I know that I can listen to one or two podcasts. Or, I don't mind that extra trip into the next town, because I get to listen to a podcast.
Yet, I digress...while I was listening to Jeff Sanders of The 5AM Miracle, he talked about how we spend our day. For me, it's pretty easy to track my days during the school year. The summer is different. It's very easy to get lulled into thinking I'm getting things accomplished when I'm more or less piddling around not doing much of anything. So, for the next week I'm tracking exactly what I do during each day to see what I do get accomplished and to note any patterns of habits I do that are beneficial to me.
I think what I will find is that I do have pretty strong morning and evening habits. I do about the same thing each morning when I get up. Although, I will say that I haven't done as much yoga and meditation lately. I'm blaming it all on the walks and wanting to listen to podcasts!!! Anyway, I think I can work to find a better balance. If I walk in the morning, then I can certainly do a short yoga and meditation session at night. I just have to work it into my evening routine, and it will probably be beneficial to me as a way to calm before going to sleep. My evening habit of not watching TV or being on the computer or kindle after 9:00 is pretty set in stone. At that time I read and/or journal and then get ready for bed. My goal is to be tucked in by 10:00, and that works pretty well.
The part I will be curious about the most is what I do between my morning habit and my evening habit to see if I'm as productive as I want to be. I will say that tracking the last two days has definitely made me more aware of what I'm doing and when I'm doing it. So, I will be excited to see my results and then adjust and/or revise if need be.
So, I'm trying something new and different. My favorite podcaster, Jeff Sanders, talked about breaking the year down into quarters basically. Instead of looking at the entire year, look at 12 weeks and make goals for that period of time. So, I've decided on four goals for June, July, and August:
1. Make my long run 9 miles by the end of August.
2. Read 6 books -- 4 for personal development and 2 for fun (novels).
3. Increase number of clients by 5.
4. Run the Arlington Farmers' Market (it will start and end during this time period).
As Jeff said, only make 4-5 goals and make sure that they are measurable. The next step for me will be to make them visual so that I can see them everyday. I really like the idea of breaking down the year so that it doesn't seem so overwhelming.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.