LAST UPDATED: September 2, 2019
I created this page to help me allocate the right amount of time and energy to what I need and want to do. I will update this page regularly as I fine-tune its mandate. I'm striving for better harmony in my life and taking on too much puts the focus I need to work on the above in jeopardy.
I'm also focused on deep work (as described by my friend Cal Newport) going forward, which lines up well with my personal productivity philosophy. I'll be writing more about this over at Productivityist and Medium.
MY DAILY THEMES
Here are my Daily Themes. Every day has one so that it triggers my overarching focus for that particular day of the week. My Daily Themes are defined as follows (with my week starting on Sunday), with dates established for those themes in parentheses:
SUNDAY: Planning/Family Day (September 2019)
MONDAY: Optimization Day (October 2017)
TUESDAY: Looking Day (February 2019)
WEDNESDAY: Listening Day (February 2019)
THURSDAY: Learning Day (February 2019)
FRIDAY: Deep Work Day (September 2018)
SATURDAY: Family/Planning Day (September 2019)
(Note: That doesn't mean I only do things related to that theme on that day, but those activities/types of work gets my overarching focus. I'm also using horizontal theming for my writing, which I explain in greater detail in The Productivityist Playbook.)
MY MONTHLY THEME
My Monthly Themes act in the same manner as my Daily Themes. In September I’m giving my overarching attention and focus to writing the manuscript for the book scheduled to come out in Summer 2020. I scored a publishing deal in August 2019 and my aim is to have the rest of the manuscript done by the end of September so we can hit the target release date.
My personal theme for February is Wellness. I’m in much better shape now than I was when I last updated this page but I could stand to be more consistent with my food intake and get into a meditation ritual once again. I have a Muse at home so there’s no reason why I can’t do this (and when I’m traveling I can use an app or something else).
MY ANNUAL AXIOM FOR 2019
After using Chris Brogan’s “3 Words” approach to the new year for the past several years, I’m shifting to something I’ve developed for TimeCrafting: the Annual Axiom.Essentially, it’s a phrase or mantra that represents my aim in all facets of my life for the next twelve months. I liken to what sports teams use in their locker rooms every season to help them strive to be the best they can be, game in and game out.
My Annual Axiom for the next twelve months is an initialism for the following phrase: Whatever it takes, no matter what. (I’ve shortened it to WIT NMW.) The concept behind it is that whatever I commit to doing, I’ll approach it with a “whatever it takes, no matter what” mentality. (I’m going to sharing more about this element of TimeCrafting in my book and through my emails around the book at productivityist.com/book/.)
I have interviews booked through to November 2019 for The Productivityist Podcast and we have episodes mapped out until early March 2020. So if you’re looking to be on the show it’s going to be a while.
OTHER POINTS OF NOTE
I am not currently reviewing any products (apps, books, etc.) other than those I've already committed to reviewing.
I am always willing to look at speaking engagements. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in booking me.
This page was inspired by Derek Sivers.