I’ve been more productive lately than ever before. As I mentioned in my most recent post, life has been pretty crazy lately, and that’s forced me to think really hard about how I can keep up with the things I care about. Without something to help us keep track of our goals, something to remind ourselves what is important vs. what is immediate, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
Work, friends, writing, blogging, reading, traveling, going to the gym… What comes first? Some of these things are only possible at certain times: you can get some writing or reading done at 4 in the morning, but you’d be hard pressed to find a big group of friends to hang out with (if you can, good for you).
I’ve tried several different ways to keep my life organized. I’ve tried to-do lists, calendaring, turning off my phone for days at a time, working out in the morning vs. the afternoon, taking a break in the middle of the workday to write. I’ve also tried different productivity hacks, like creating a different workspace for each of my projects, or the Pomodoro technique.
What’s worked the best for me, though, has come down to 2 things.
- Boiling all of my goals and dreams down into 3 or 4 actions that I can take every day to get myself closer to achieving them