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Hi! My focus between 7/26/17 to 8/30/17 will be:
1. Health 2. Study English 3. Develop my Connection 4. Career 5. Relationship
My magic activities are:
1. Gym 1/week ; 2. Yoga 2/ week ; 3. Studying 2h every day; 4. Searching 2:30h every day 5. Meditation 20 min every day and go to meeting every Thursday; 6. Give exclusive attention to my husband from 7:30pm until bed time 7. Spend 30 minutes every day planing activities w/ my family.
I have large brainspace and I’m somewhere in the middle between routine and spontaneity. Every night before I’ll plan my next day (30min) and every Sunday I’ll reflect if I need adjustments. My challenges are “don’t overthinking” and “Don’t aim too high”.
I’ll do combination paper and digital systems. Focus on priorities for my career, health and personal goals and relationships.
Let go of illusory activities and skim emails even more, send briefer messages, and do not allow myself to get sidetracked.
I’m going to try blending paper and digital – I love my colorful Wacky Women Daily calendar for weekly activity planning on paper; but will start using my phone for reminder to drink water and a new app for tracking my ‘magic’ daily activities. I’ll have to get use to keeping my phone with me rather than on my bed stand so I hear the ‘drink’ reminders.
As organized as I am, I’m still enjoying the ‘tweaking’ that these exercises are motivating me to do!
Arg this bit is super hard. I am realizing that I still have not actually let go of getting everything done…..
Time to let go or this cannot work…..
Since my top 5 are not work related, I have to fit these around my work hours. SInce I have to be at work by 8am, I started today getting up early so I can utilitze my best energy levels. I have now created specific quantifiable tasks and laid out a schedule since I work best that way. Once again I feel a sense of relief setting up this scheduling knowing if something isn’t working, I can feel free to change it. Something that should have been a no-brainer all these years, but wasn’t.
I have decided on a mix of structure and flexibility works well for me, so I am doing five of my magic activities first thing to set up my day, and then one or two activities from my projects. By completing the five magic activities before moving on to projects, even if I don’t get to projects, I have succeeded in being productive every day. Love it.
For this weekend, I had to concentrate on one project on one day due to planned activities outside the home. But I scheduled the day along with my husband, because I needed his help to complete the project. It worked out well and it was completed in my time allotment and I felt a sense of relief that I pulled it off. I have made my schedule for this week to work on the other activies, 2 have actually been completed and will add 2 more priorties. It takes concentration for me to change my ways of being distracted so this week will be interesting.
I started off thinking that I would do one thing each day for each of the 5 priorities. However, looking at how general I might have some of these magic activities I am probably expecting too much of myself, especially with work, travel, etc. etc. each day too. So instead, I went back and fine tuned one of each of the magic activities in each priority and I feel these could be 5 things I could commit to each day. I have left the other two tiers of priorities as requiring a weekly action for each at the mo too just to keep them ticking along. Let’s see.