Sometimes just when you feel you are making big steps forward. a little or even big demon, usually in my mind sets me up for a fall or failure. This often for me can be a chain reaction. where I spiral down and out.
I was feeling a little this way this morning. I was wondering when there would be light at the end of the tunnel. We are now 6 weeks into 2008 and I still am working on my plan.
The beach Coach asked what was the question I ask myself when I use the word NOT? So what do I want? I said.This morning my answer was $$$! So I need a real plan with some milestones for that. I have my plan for the year , now I need some baby steps.
Instead of turning on my computer this morning, I got the got my Art Diary style planner out and colored pens- good, old-fashioned paper and pens.
I had done the mind map of the big picture and this morning I planned out the daily and weekly action steps I am going to take.
This was simple and I kept it on my desk beside me, ticking off the actions as I completed them.I think this method will be more efficient for me now, rather then using Google Docs.
wasted spent many hours experimenting in the past weeks with a variety of GDT tools.
After reading a great post today Scaling Yourself by Chris Brogan I thought maybe I would look at using Things- a Mac based GDT tool. Tonight I have decided to stay with this for the rest of this month. I am planning to learn some of the shortcuts Chris talks about, to have more minutes in the day.
It was heartening to read a comment by Mark ( Wizzer)Wilson, on Lighten Up By Stripping Away,.about how he went through a pain barrier, after reading The Four Hour Work Week. He did, 6 months ago, do what I have been doing this week in stripping away the superfulous stuff. I must remember I can always resubscribe!
For example, as mentioned yesterday I have been simplifying my feed reader. Although I haven’t yet got my reader back to what seems to be a manageable number. Ten seems to be ideal for many.
How many feeds do you have in your reader and what is your reader of choice?
It’s amazing how much we *think* is important and indispensable, until we do away with it. : )
I use bloglines – really like it. I’ve now cut down to 10 feeds – so sorely tempted to increase it all the time though 🙂
Like you I find having a paperbased “to do” list far better than a PC one. I think it’s because it is in front of me nagging away.
Believe it or not – I don’t have any feeds at all. As well as no feed reader – and this does not make me unhappy a tiny bit 🙂
Great post and so true. I always tell my clients, try to work 80% from your strengths. Simplifying is good.
Good post Suzie on how to get on task and stay on task in order to realize that success.
Yes, sometimes it does seem better to have a physical list that you can keep track of tasks on. It makes it more real it seems. Going with both does seem to be the way to go though. You can always have it on a PC and a hard copy, like a backup. As far as the feeds on reader it’s definitely ideal to only have as many as you can easily manage.