January 2011 resolutions and a plan of action

In 2011, I am becoming the queen of self-micromanagement. I have tried lofty, big-picture, annual resolutions and obtained them with some success. I have tried practical, quarterly goals and seen greater success. However, I am ready for a year of 100 percent success, and monthly resolutions with daily schedules will be my plan of action to make that happen.

For 2011, I chose 24 new year’s resolutions. Twelve of these resolutions are organizing, uncluttering, and/or cleaning related, which I will share with you. The other twelve are personal and won’t be shared on the website. In January, I have taken on two resolutions — one public and one private. In February, there will be two more, and there will be two more each month for the remainder of the year.

Additionally, I have vowed to plan out every single day, hour-by-hour, to help me achieve these resolutions. Each evening before bed, I will plan out the next day and make sure that I schedule time for all of my resolutions. After waking up the next morning, I will review the schedule, print it out, and follow it to the best of my abilities.

I acknowledge that some days my schedule will be dissolved because of an unforseen event — but that is totally fine. Assuming not every day’s schedule is disrupted, I will likely be able to achieve my resolutions within the month timeframe. At least, that is my hope.

My first public resolution for 2011 is to plan healthier meals for myself and my family, and to stick to the meal plans I create. My family is pretty good about making meal plans, but lately the plans have been filled with comfort food with an extra helping of comfort food (this is a common trend for us during Nesting Season).

In December, I read the Harvard Medical School’s guide to healthy eating Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy and took copious notes. The book made me realize that my family doesn’t eat as many servings of vegetables per day as we should (we were getting just three, and we need to bump it up to five), and that two servings of whole grains a day is at least one serving too few. Starting tonight, I’m sitting down with the notes I took from the book and creating a more healthy meal plan.

Based on the plan I create, I’ll go grocery shopping before work Tuesday morning (when my grocery store is quiet as a mouse) and pick up the ingredients I need. Then, I’ll try my hardest to stick to the plan throughout the week.

I’ve given myself an hour to create the meal plan — between 8:00 and 9:00 tonight. Already having it on my schedule, and giving myself a limited amount of time to complete it, is part of my self-micromanagement plan. All snacks, meal preparations, dining, and cleanup activities are also planned on my schedule. I’m serious about improving the quality of my family’s meals, and so I’m hoping my increased organizing efforts will make it a reality.

What about you? What are you doing today to achieve your 2011 resolutions? Do you like the idea of monthly resolutions? Would an hour-by-hour schedule help you to move forward with your action items? I’ll admit, 24 resolutions for 2011 feels like a lot to accomplish — but I am willing to tackle two at a time using my self-micromanagement plan. I’ll keep you updated each month as new resolutions come onto the schedule. I’m genuinely excited to see how my 2011 resolutions fare in comparison to previous years.

54 Comments for “January 2011 resolutions and a plan of action”

  1. posted by Sarah B.B. on

    I kind of love the one resolution per month concept. My resolution for the year, if you can call it that, is to spend a little time at the beginning of the month doing some planning for the month ahead. I have a bad habit of waiting until mid-month to remember all the deadlines I have (such as completing W-2s and payroll tax returns in January), so I plan to list all my work obligations for the month, along with my family/homeschool/personal obligations so that I can schedule a few of them per week.

    Here’s to hoping this ends the last-week-of-the-month-crunch-time that has plagued me for years.

  2. posted by *m* on

    I too love the one-per-month idea. My resolutions include spending less time at my desk and more moving (so I better keep my comment brief!).

    Though it’s none of my business, I have to say that I am a little troubled by your statement, “I have vowed to plan out every single day, hour-by-hour, to help me achieve these resolutions.” Talk about putting pressure on yourself! I hope you give yourself LOTS of wiggle room.

    Happy new year!

  3. posted by Jenny on

    I’d love to see an example of how your schedule looks (although I realize that it is personal). I’ve thought of doing this myself, as I have awful time management, but I don’t really have a sense of what is realistic.

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    posted by Charity on

    Wow – don’t you have a toddler? With mine around I find it hard to plan the next 5 minutes! “Unforeseen events” are the norm here. I feel very stressed just reading your post to be honest. But different strokes for different folks and all that… I hope it works well for you. I keep vowing to start meal-planning but it just doesn’t seem to happen as life is too unpredictable.

  5. posted by Robin R on

    I do like the idea of monthly resolutions. Unfortunately, I’m bad at keeping New Year’s Day’s convictions through the year, regardless of the way I structure them. So for now, I’m just working on my New Month’s resolution (none yet made for future months).

    My goal for January is to keep up with the dishes and the kids’ toys on the main level of the house. It sounds overly simplistic to most, but even as much as I’ve decluttered the house, the toys and dishes are a constant struggle for me.

  6. posted by Kel on

    I have 6 big goals that I can never seem to reach to my satisfaction though they are very important to me. What I’ve done is divided the year into 6 sections, 2 months each. The first 4 months I’m taking baby steps towards all 5 of my goals, to help make them a habit. Things ramp up more during May – Aug. reaching the peak, or exactly where I want to be and stay in Sept & Oct, with Nov & Dec being months where I hold steady and maintain my progress.

    I also have some mini-goals, such as paint the living room, this is slotted in when I still haven’t ramped up all the way.

    I will be keeping track of my progress using my calendar & stickers cause one is never too old for stickers :) and each time I achieve a step of my goal I’m rewarding myself with something good (that doesn’t hinder other goals, ie. icecream when I plan to tone up & lose 20 lbs.)

    And of course, nothing is ever set in stone, if I find this plan of attack isn’t working I will adjust as needed.

  7. posted by Alix on

    I, too, love the month-by-month way of achieving resolutions, but am put off by the ultra-micro-management style you plan to use. Makes me itch just thinking about it!

  8. posted by Christy on

    Wow, those are some lofty goals! Your daily schedules sound great, especially giving yourself limited time to accomplish each. I’ve been the queen of distraction lately, and need to be better about that too. Good luck!

  9. posted by Silje on

    Hi! I also like the idea of a different focuspoint per month. It may help you stat focused And not grow tired of your project.
    However for me the daily fixer plan would not work. My problem is that I am a planning junkie. But I’m not so engaged when it comes to seeing my plans through. I would LOVE to make tha plans, but then there would not be time left to actually do the things I’ve planned. It’s my way of procastination. :-)
    So my resolution would have to be plan less, do more.
    Happy new year. Love your blog!

  10. posted by Amber on

    When I started using the Getting Things Done (TM) system regularly, I struggled until I started also mapping out my day in 30 minute increments. Once I began doing that, my productivity skyrocketed. I’ve been doing it for years and here’s what I found:

    1. It helps to decide at the beginning of the day how you want to feel at the end of the day. Most days I look at my schedule and think, “Yes, I want to end the day having done all this,” which sets me up for success. But, I’ve noticed that on some days I want to end the day having been spontaneous and free rather than rigorous and productive. These days are rare, but I find when I have the urge for them, it’s best to nix that day’s plan and just wander through the day as I feel fit. And I am still generally productive!

    2. Keeping my schedule relatively the same all days helps me a lot. I get up at the same time, 7 days a week. I have the same chunk of time assigned for exercise, 7 days a week and on my “off” days I will use this time for reading or a major house chore. I have some things that only occur once a week, but I try to keep these to a minimum.

    3. Sheer will-power. I have to consciously decide, everyday, to follow my plan and then make every effort to do so. Reminding myself of how good I’ll feel just before bed when I can look over the schedule and see I did everything on it goes a long way in helping me maintain this habit.

    4. I have at least one hour a day blocked out for something totally non-productive, enjoyable, just for me. (This often involves an episode of The Real Housewives and/or playing games on my iPad.)

    5. I recently started using the “draw a line (or an “x”) on a calendar and don’t break the chain” tip explained on Lifehacker and it is profoundly effective! Each day I follow my plan with no more than one major deviation I draw a line. It is striking how psychologically motivating that is – you really, really don’t want to break the chain which further motivates me to effectively manage my time! (http://lifehacker.com/281626/j.....ity-secret)

    Happy New Year, Erin! Looking forward to hearing how this system works for you!

  11. posted by Amy on

    MacGourmet. It is fantastic for meal planning. You can import recipes from major recipe sites, then drag and drop to a calendar and then print a shopping list for the week.

    Love it.

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    posted by ojorojo on

    I’ve decided on monthly resolutions as well, they’re more customizable that way. Potentially more fun too.

  13. posted by Keter on

    Erin, that is an extremely ambitious goal. I have done this in the past, and it can be challenging and fun. It can also be frustrating and exhausting if, like me, you tend to be a perfectionist who over-commits (I am notoriously bad at estimating how long things will take, even if I multiply my estimate by 2.5).

    If you do this, please remember to give yourself a block of unplanned time – meaning at least 3 hours – every few days to indulge your right brain in some chaos. Otherwise you very well may experience what I did when I overdid the personal productivity thing – an internal mutiny.

    Good luck! Let us know how it feels to be scheduled this way. (I’m with Alix, this degree of micromanagement, internal or external, makes me cringe a bit.)

  14. posted by Joan on

    Very much agreed on the value of what you call “self-micromanagement.”

    We have done some financial organizing to prepare for the year and one of the things I’ve done to streamline and declutter bill-paying is to make notes in one calendar book of what is due when. Before, I’d just note the “bills,” but now, I have listed in there any transfers that need to be made to savings accounts, plus things like “check daughter’s lunch account” at school and “refill prescriptions.”

    My husband says, “Do you really need to write that down? You do it every month.”

    But we talked about it, and I was able to show how that level of “self-micromanagement” works.

    I also try to do a “six most important things” for tomorrow before bed. I do it for work before leaving work the day before, but at home, I was always kind of lax. So, I decided to start using the same calendar I do at work to see if that makes it more natural to do at home!

  15. posted by Van on

    I tried hour by hour last year and it did not work for me, but I am going to check out my progress weekly and then monthly. I’ve already started taking one step toward each goal daily.

    It’s fun to write my weekly/monthly goal follow-ups!

  16. posted by momoboys on

    I have two simple resolutions:
    1. more whole grains (I already mastered quinoa, whole wheat bread and pizza crust, and even whole wheat choc chip cookies and the kids LOVED them)
    2. WILL NOT take work home with me. ANYMORE. I have had the same job for 10 years and have packed at least something to do at home every.single.night. Bad, bad, bad and it has to end now. I am thinking of something “fun” to do to ritualize the throwing away of my tote bag. Any ideas out there?

  17. posted by ecuadoriana on

    Happy New Year, Erin! I must say that, even though there are times we do not agree 100%, I always appreciate and respect your insight, honesty, and integrity. What I love most about your approach is how you take a look at what works & make it work even better. Then you take what doesn’t work & you try to figure out why & what can be done to change it or if you should discard it altogether. You are not afraid to share your failures & you don’t brag on too much about your successes! You are real.

    Thank you for sharing your new strategy. I can see myself incorporating a few of these into my own daily plans! I am a self employed artist & am soooo guilty of not so much procrastinating, but day dreaming. I justify it by saying I am coming up with ideas for my next project (and generally I do translate those daydreams into realities- and make money! Yeah!). But meanwhile laundry doesn’t get done, dishes don’t get washed, meals become whatever I scrounge up from the bowels of the empty cupboard. I know that I need to be more committed to sitting myself down & get to the things that aren’t so much fun, but need to get done.

    Hope everyone stays healthy, happy, and prosperous this year!

  18. posted by Sue on

    I like the micro-goal idea. As you and others have pointed out, most resolutions fail because they are too broad or have no measurable goals.

    For me, this is the year I turn 40 and I prefer to use my birthday as a time to evaulate my life, not the new year. But there are changes I’d like to make before my birthday this July. So I’m going to focus on where I’d like to be on my 40th birthday, and what I need to do to get there.

    One area where I’m still need help is with my routines. I like Erin’s idea of meal planning each week, and I’ve tried it before but failed to keep up with it. I have a habit of failing to keep up with routines. And that’s something I’d like to change.

  19. posted by Vanessa H. on

    I think it’s a great idea to break it down to the smallest amount of time that makes sense for you. Even if it doesn’t go according to plan, you still have a much greater chance of success this way. It’s like writing a to-do list versus putting a task on the calendar for a specific time: the planned time is much more likely to happen, even if you reschedule it.

    My goal is to finally get my photos into albums. I sorted and counted them all in chronological order over the holidays (I have 1,ooo+), then ordered the albums I want online (they were on sale!). Now I’m just waiting on the albums to be delivered.

    My other organizing goals are: 1) to keep sorting through paperwork, old files, calendars and journals until all of it is down to one file cabinet, and 2) to start a reading plan and actually read the books that have been on my shelves for years. I think Erin’s idea will help me if I plan which book to read each month and designate a reading hour for myself.

    Thanks, Erin. Happy New Year!

  20. posted by Susan S. on

    I’m getting positive ideas from Erin’s original post and all the comments as well. I, too, am addicted to planning and not doing, have tried many systems and have fallen by the wayside with most. The last few months, I’ve had weekly goals written on my daytimer on Mondays. That works best for me. I love the idea of planning the next day before bed. If I plan too far ahead, stuff happens.

    A relative told me when I retired that the only drawback was never getting a day off! I, too, hauled work home every night, for a lot longer than 10 years. Now, I refuse all committee, officer-ships, etc. so I can finally call my time my own. Now I need to organize that time so I can get done what I want to accomplish.
    Time now to fix lunch.

  21. posted by mimi on

    i like the idea of sceduling the resolutions, i will try to to this with my 2011 to-do’s like painting the walls.
    my main and important resolutions for 2011 are few but hard to archieve: i’d like to change some habits. i plan to have breakfast every day, sleep 8 hours or more every night and run at least 1.5 times a week :)

  22. posted by s on

    @Susan S.,
    I’m planning to retire soon, but I’m afraid that I won’t have clear goals. What kinds of things are you working to accomplish in your retirement?

  23. posted by Laurie on

    I tend to have a few resolutions each year, do really well for the first 2 months, and then not so much. It was a tough and wonderful year (got married!, and had a few personal issues to deal with) so it really didn’t go as planned. This year to start myself on the right foot, I’ve decided to go with just ONE resolution and one that is really flexible and should be easy to attain: make at least one healthy decision per day (like I said- REALLY flexible and easy to attain) for me this could be as simple as a walk each day, parking further away to take more steps, watching less tv, eating a salad.. things I don’t usually do or am less likely to do. For me, right now, this will work for me, and give me something to achieve and feel good about each day.

  24. posted by Paperdog on

    I decided to unclutter my resolution list this year. No more complicated lists and schedules that leave me feeling pressured. My sole resolution this year is to do something “lasting” each day. So much of my daily home routine is performing tasks that will have to be repeated tomorrow/next week/next month-cleaning, laundry, cooking meals, even exercise! Each day I will attempt to accomplish one thing that will last longer than the moment. Originally, I had my large stack of photos in mind-labeling, scanning or scrapbooking, but the idea is germinating and I am seeing many more opportunities all around to make a lasting difference in my own life and those around me. Exciting!!!

  25. posted by John on

    Good idea with formulating your next days schedule hour by hour. I do this also and it is very helpful.

  26. posted by Susan S. on

    to the query from S about retirement plans:

    I retired 4 years early and moved from hectic, crowded California to open prairies and breathtaking mountains of Montana. I had never finished college or accomplished my goal of a biology or zoology career, so I referred to myself as “self unemployed naturalist in training” and am learning as much as possible about the plants and animals in my area.

    I got to this decision by thinking about my greatest passion and what I wanted to do with it. In good weather, I am outside as much as possible. In the “nesting season”, which can be long in our area, I turn to my books and computer and increase my knowledge of animals, birds in particular, so I can put what I’ve learned to good use once it is humanely possible to go outside. (I don’t consider temps below zero and wind chills colder than that as humanely possible.)

    High desert gardening and photography are 2 more sidelines. So much to learn.

  27. posted by Laubai on

    To further free up your time with that particular goal, Erin, check out whether your grocery store has an online ordereing system. I find ordering my groceries online saves me about an hour, and impulse purchases.

  28. posted by Jasmine on

    This is the year I recognize that I have way too much stuff — both physical and digital — and figure out how to clear the clutter and organize the stuff I want to keep.

    I haven’t yet determined a plan for this, but I may break it up into monthly goals. As you have done with one public and one private, I may do one goal related to physical clutter and one goal related to digital clutter each month.

    Unclutterer is definitely a source of inspiration for this endeavor. Thank you for that. :)

  29. posted by Matthew on

    My goals are listed on my site, and include starting a business, graduating from college, a couple of week-plus motorcycle trips, reading 52 books, being able to pass the Air Force physical fitness test, and becoming a better husband.

    During the last couple of weeks in December I took the time to not only plan out my goals, but the steps I needed to take to achieve them, and set time-frames to complete those steps in. Then I made note of those steps and their respective time-frames (both beginning and end dates) in both my planner and my google calendar, with email reminders.

  30. posted by Susan on

    I didn’t choose any resolutions, but I did choose three words to live by for this year. These three words will be a part of everything I do for the coming year. My three words are mindful, forward and bold.

    I am also going to give a very structured hourly schedule a try. I’ve not been happy with my productivity on a number of fronts, so I’ve been thinking about scheduling virtually every hour of the day. Frankly, not sure how it will work.

    The other new thing I’m doing is writing down what I accomplish each day. Instead of focusing on what I didn’t get done, I’ll focus on the positive: what I did get done. Already I find myself doing things so I can write them down at the end of the day!

  31. posted by priest's wife on

    My big goal is to make dinner when I make breakfast- and that will require other improvements (making a list when grocery shopping, etc)

  32. posted by Living the Balanced Life on

    Erin,
    I am like some of the other readers here, the hour-by-hour scheduling would not work for me, but if course to each his(or her) own! We all work differently! I am finding that setting aside blocks of time to get certain things done each day works for me.
    As far as resolutions, I did not set any, however, I am working toward creating habits to help me reach the goals I have for my life. One is to exercise everyday at the same time. I have actually been doing this since November and it is working fairly well. This is not so much to lose weight as it is for the goal of feeling stronger and healthier.
    I have some business goals that I am working towards as well, and set aside time each day to work on those.

    Thanks for sharing with us!

    Bernice

  33. posted by tpdval on

    I really like the idea of “mirco-managing” your resolutions. I think I will sit down and re-write my resolutions with a definitive action plan for each….

    You have inspired me to revisit, I hope you will check back and see my repost in a few days which were inspired by you!

  34. posted by Gretchen on

    Re: Comfort Foods A few months ago, after a 2-year gastrointestinal battle, we finally discovered I was intolerant to gluten and casein (wheat protein and milk protein). This means I have to avoid all forms of wheat and most dairy products. This was a bit depressing at first until I read somewhere that what we like best about our foods – especially the comfort foods – is the taste.

    Now when you think about it, grains don’t have much of a taste to them. It’s the sauce or the seasoning that brings the real flavor. The grain is just the “holder” for the taste we crave. So I started taking our favorites, like pizza, spaghetti, tacos, etc. and recreating the flavors in different formats like salads or rolling them in a big lettuce leaf or corn tortilla instead of a flour wrap.

    Now I enjoy all the comfort foods I love without the grains that mess up my digestive system. And it turns out to be a much healthier diet by default.

  35. posted by Sarah (Sarah Learns) on

    Great resolution! I got a new planner with a LOT of room on each day for detailed lists and planning. I’ve already started using it to plan the next day each night, too. So far, it’s working out great!

    I tend to be a little over-ambitious with the number of tasks I can fit in, so I’m trying to become more realistic about how long tasks will take me.

  36. posted by Barbara on

    @priest’s wife — LOVE the make dinner at breakfast idea. Get the crock pot going, or get the ingredients for a stove top meal all prepped and ready to go! Thanks for the inspiration

  37. posted by aklibrarian on

    Sticking with a meal plan can be difficult to master, but it definitely worth the effort. One thing that works for me is cooking dinner one day ahead. We always have pizza on Friday night. I usually meal plan on Friday or Saturday and shop over the weekend. Also, weekends we usually eat leftovers and otherwise try to eat from what we have around. On Sunday afternoon/evening, I cook something that will be eaten Monday night. I find this easier because when I get home from work everyone is hungry and having something that just needs to be reheated is wonderful! After dinner, when kids have settled down with homework, I prepare the meal for the next night–and no one asks when will it be ready! Not feeling rushed and hungry is key to sticking with a menu plan.

  38. posted by Bungygal on

    Think the tips are fab. One of mine …. I break jobs down into 15 minute slots and put the microwave timer on – it seems to make me go faster and I get more done.

  39. posted by Bojan on

    Doesn’t this make you too much of a control freak? Where is there dedicated time to do Nothing? We use time management not to control our lives, but to liberate it from boring stuff… Frankly this is not the way someone want’s to “unclutter”…

  40. posted by debby on

    I love the idea of micro-management, but I’ve never made it work for me. This year’s plan is to commit 30 minutes at a time: Every day this week/month I will spend 30 minutes …. Once that goal is established, I hope to keep it and add another.

    I’m very interested to see how your micro-management works out this year!

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    @Bojan — I think it’s a personality thing. I do not do well with unstructured blocks of time when I need to get work done. I have unstructured blocks of time on my schedule when nothing has to get done … planned-unplanned time??? But things are planned when I need to get things done.

    My husband, however, can get a lot done during unstructured blocks of time. He would hate my system.

    Like I said, I think it’s a personality thing.

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    posted by Lori Paximadis on

    Totally a personality thing. I would completely wig out if I had to have each tiny little block of time planned out. I like making my to-do list for the day/week/month but leaving how I accomplish it very loose. But how boring would the world be if we were all the same?

    I don’t do resolutions per se, but, like someone else upthread (sorry — can’t find it now), I set myself a couple of themes to live by for the year. The past two years the main theme has been “flow” — dealing gracefully with the unexpected and making plans and decisions with increasing my ability to flow in mind. This year, the main theme is “nurture” — taking better care of myself and others and making time for more play and things that feed my soul.

  44. posted by s on

    @Susan S.
    Thanks for the retirement info. I’m impressed with your early retirement and your capacity to enjoy and pursue your passions. Now, I just need to find my passion(s). Wishing you continued success!

  45. posted by Natalie in West Oz on

    I think the way to succeed at NY resolutions, is to make them achievable! Mine is really simple this year and it achieves two ends. It is quite simply to use up my extensive candle supply! Gives me pleasure to see the candle light, and gives me more space in my cupboards because I gets lots of candles as gifts (since people see them on my benches). Easy peasy and very do-able : )I’m setting myself up for success ; p

  46. posted by Karla on

    I enjoy the site and wisdom from comments very much. Just a note to add I eat a LOT more dark, leafy greens since this last year–imperceptably–in green breakfast smoothies. About a cup of greens, along with lemon, flaxseed, brazil nuts (for selenium), cocoa (high antioxidants), apple, banana and frozen fruit. My doctor said it would be the perfect all-the-time meal if it had protein in it.

  47. posted by Anita on

    Happy New Year, Erin and everyone!

    I like the idea of monthly resolutions, especially because it allows you to tackle them one at a time and gives each habit a few weeks to form and stick before you move on to the next.

    For my part, I’m going the opposite way this year. I tend to make too many grand resolutions, which ends up stressing me out and I don’t manage to stick to any of them. So for a change I tried to limit myself, make fewer resolutions, and give myself more ample timeframes. I’ll see what sticks :)

    As for the self-micromanagement, I have days when I feel I NEED an hour-by-hour schedule (mainly when doing chores, running errands etc) and days when I need to NOT have a plan (when I’m setting the day aside to do anything creative, for instance. I can’t schedule creative time, I’ve found; when I try, it all goes pear-shaped remarkably fast). So I’ll play it by ear and plan (or not plan) accordingly.

  48. posted by Coup on

    Resolution: To stop wasting money buy not using coupons and promo codes. I will use the money I save to buy things I want or need.

    It only takes a few minutes to either clip or download a coupon! It’s like a scratch off lottery ticket, only I am guaranteed a winner, and I know the amount.

  49. posted by Rachel on

    Planning hour by hour sounds like micromanaging oneself (and micromanagement has never seemed like a positive concept, in my experience). It’s an ambitious goal, but not one that I would want to attempt. Life just doesn’t work out that neatly.

  50. posted by Lydia R on

    This site draws a unique bunch of readers! I’m enjoying your comments – ha ha!

  51. posted by Panig on

    Scheduling hour by hour does not work for me. Scheduling roughly by “morning, afternoon, early evening and late night” works for me. I would like to have a strict hour by hour schedule, but some thing or other always interrupts it (mostly the telephone). I schedule 2 or 3 things for the morning, and so on for the afternoon and the evening. This gives me some flexibility to work around interruptions.

  52. posted by Scott on

    This year, I have dedicated myself to becoming more disciplined than ever before. I have one of the best reading lists (including Unclutterer) and have resolved to really pay attention to my morning routine. But what’s really exciting is that I’ve written down 26 things that I think impact how the rest of my day goes. And at specific times throughout each day, I’m going to grade how I feel on each of those things. Then, at the end of each day, I’m putting them into an Excel graph. The purpose is to, at the end of each week and month, I’ll see what events, circumstances, feelings etc… impact other parts of my life. I don’t know what’s going to come of it…but I think It’ll be fun. :)

  53. posted by Seth Czerepak on

    It is easy to get lost within the daily activities and lose sight of the long term goals. This is why it’s important to focus on habit formation rather than simply achieving the goal.

  54. posted by Luke on

    What you have is a disorder. Hour by hour planning your entire life? Don’t be surprised if, succeed or fail, people around you may begin to snap. Perfectionism as well as OCD are legit disorders that ruin lives. Get help.

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