Tag Archive: Failure

The plan was simple: do work every day at 10am.

At first I was both discouraged and encouraged about how the system was working.

And now…  I am pulling the plug!

This tiny system didn’t work for me, full stop.  I didn’t have the will power to follow through with it on a daily basis, and then I just felt guilty.  So this plan is over.  And I’m going back to the drawing board.

Two weeks ago I gave myself a plan: at 10am each morning, I would open word and start working on one of three projects that I need to do.  The idea behind this was to start creating a routine for myself.


At first I thought that this was a total failure.  I just couldn’t get myself to do it.  And then I felt guilty and stupid for setting myself up.

But on the Friday of the first week, I changed my definition of “work”.  I let myself count emails as work – specifically: productive emails.  At first I was a bit annoyed at myself for this: it seemed like cheating.  But then I decided that it was an ok change.  After writing productive emails, I found it easier to start working on my actual work.  So yes, emails aren’t as productive as my actual work, but they were like a ramp for me: making it easier to be productive.

So this last week I’ve been playing by the new rules.  I just need to be doing work at 10am.  It doesn’t matter what type of work.  But after doing easier work, I then need to open word and do work on one of the three projects that I have outstanding.

This is a system that I can do.  And I think that this is system that I can build on.  If this is my wall push-up, then I think that after I while I could turn it into a knee push-up: making it a little harder.  But first, I will focus on the wall push-ups.