Okay, it is time for my late February resolutions. I am not reaffirming New Year’s ones – just creating a new drive to be more efficient, healthier, etc.
1 – Work out for at least an hour a day – biking is preferred, but can include just about any type of exercise.
2 – Write for at least an hour a day – it can be anything from blogging, to working on one of the numerous writing projects in the works.
3 – Spend at least an hour a day on old tasks left undone – this is my biggest problem area. Once I move on to something else, I avoid things left behind.
4 – Eat healthier – I will stick to my morning USANA nutrimeal shakes and bars and cook more. I will only go out to eat when I have a mystery shopping assignment or business meeting.
5 – Stop doing intravenous drugs – (just seeing if you are paying attention) well, at least that is one off my list already.
6 – Spend at least an hour a day marketing – this sometimes falls under category 3 as I start a venture, move on, and then it sorta lingers.
7 – Spend at least an hour a day on housework – with my plan to sell within a year, I need to fix up a few minor things and generally work on tidying up the joint.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of all things I need to do, but it gives me a good base from which to start. Accomplishing just these things in a day will put me light years ahead of the game. I know it seems like a lot of predetermined hours, but it is not that bad.
My normal workday lasts roughly 18 hours. No, I don’t work all that time – but from start to finish it is about 18 hours of my day. Here is a normal workday…
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Wakeup, feed & water dogs, let them out, answer emails, mix up breakfast shake
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Do paperwork
10:00 AM – 12:00 noon Work on the issue du jour
12:00 noon – 2:30 PM Eat lunch, run errands – post office, bank, library
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Chill – watch TV, surf for fun, work on latest hairbrained idea for new business – generally take a break from the serious work
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Work on the issue du jour – paperwork – continue work on hairbrained idea
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM Screw off – sim sports leagues, watch TV, eat dinner, play with dogs, bike, movie, theatre, go out etc.
11:00 PM – 1:00 AM Work on things I forgot to get finished during the day – continue work on hairbrained idea (or switch to new hairbrained idea by this time) – read blogs – post to personal and photo blogs.
There you have it – and no, I really do not sleep that much. Currently, a lot of my work time is interspersed throughout the day, but I still manage to get in quite a few hours of knuckle-down work. The point of the to-do list is to maximize the hours I am spending. Instead of general work – I want to focus on things like old tasks and marketing. Instead of general screw off time – I want to focus on things like working out and writing. I am not changing how I live, just putting more importance on some of the things I do… and now that I have committed it to writing, I will be more accountable as to the results.