If you aim to be a highly productive person, it’s incredibly frustrating to not hit your goals, to not scratch off that todo at the end of the day.
At the beginning of the year, I committed to a new strategy. To recap, I decided that I was going to keep a list of broad-stroke yearly goals, and break them into quarterly milestones. From there I’d break my quarterly milestones into monthly milestones, and those into weekly milestones.
After two months, here’s what I’ve learned:
- My expectations are too high
Like I had imagined, my time expectations are wildly unrealistic. Week 1, I put 13 things on my list for the week, some very small, some moderately difficult, but none that were terribly difficult… I scratched 3 of those items off my list. Not a great start.
- I coined the term “rollover”
Come every Sunday at 5pm, I’d grab a whiskey and head down to the porch and yell to the wife, “be on the patio, gonna do my rollover”… and so it stuck, my reviews are now known as “rollovers” as I plan and review how to roll over into the next cycle.
- I need a refresher
I found that from week to week, my sense of direction is a little lost, so I decided that in my rollovers, I’m going to skim the goals of the level up, to make sure I’m still setting goals that are inline with goals that are one level up.
- I’m on point
The biggest potential in all this comes from just being on point. My intentionality is through the roof. When I switch modes from working to eating dinner, I’m fully present. When I sit down to work, I’m never coasting, or wondering what to work on. This has been incredibly liberating.
This is gonna work. Be a weirdo like me.