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.