21 days to… day eighteen


Today is day eighteen of the course “21 Days to Discover Your Passion”. Today is entitled “Creating Time – Productivity 101”

The first assignment is to change the way that I think about the things I have to do. Instead of saying “I have to…” or “I should…” replace that with “I choose to…” Then further down the line replace “I choose to” with “I get to.” Then eventually replace “I get to” with “I want to.”

OK, I can do this.

The second assignment is to download the LYL weekly planning workbook. I did this in February, 18 weeks ago, and I’ve used it only 6 times. I have problems with it. I will go through the various tasks within the workbook and say why I have problems

1. Take a few minutes to visualize your 3-10+ year high-level goals and outcomes.

Do I visualise the same things? What if I don’t know what there are? OK, I can imagine, being healthy, financial secure, in a good relationship. But aren’t they just general life goals? Specifically the next 3 to 10 years. I hate this when they ask this of me in job interviews. I don’t know!

2. Write down everything from the past week that you’re proud of. List at least 10 things, and many more if you want. Big or small, anything goes.

OK, I can do this one. There are always things I’m proud of. But if I exclude purely social interactions (friends only), and things that I should be doing every week, I don’t know if I could get to ten. This list can be very mundane.

3. Write down any key learnings from the past week: major lessons, meaningful quotes, things that inspire you and dream connections (people you’d like to meet).

I don’t think I learn major lessons or hear meaningful quotes every week. Other than repeating the same thing every week, I don’t find new sources of inspiration every week.

People You’d Love to Meet: Again, I would just be repeating the same people each week.

Inspiring People You did Meet: Do I meet inspiring people every week?

4. Be honest with yourself and list the big things that didn’t happen and what you can improve for next time.

I could do this.

5. Decide on a maximum of 6-7 outcomes you want to accomplish related to the various areas in your life. This could be creating a personal budget, cooking a healthy meal or having a great meeting with a mentor. You get to decide. Just be sure they get you closer to your yearly goals. That’s the key. So “checking Facebook” would not count. Keep in mind that the majority of your time should be spent on activities that leverage your natural talents and strengths, and everything should be in line with your values. Take a minute to quickly review your strengths and values as well to be sure everything is in sync.

I think most of these would be a repeat as well.

6. Every task takes time and therefore needs a place on your calendar. Look at your 6-7 weekly outcomes and decide what core tasks will need to happen to accomplish these. Now spread these out throughout the week. Most people can’t accomplish more than 1-3 meaningful things in a day, so that’s your limit.

So this is about scheduling. This is one of the things that I have picked up from LYL is the importance of scheduling. I have been scheduling much of what I do for many months now. And I have achieved a lot more. But this is sort of a cheat. For example I have several meetings that I’m going to this week. These already have their own schedule. I will attend, but I’m hardly the one scheduling them. I feels like a cheat to claim these as win for my scheduling skills.

7. Look at what’s left on your to do list. Now look at your calendar and see when you could fit the little things in. Schedule these as well. By the end of this process you shouldn’t have any stray to-do lists or tasks. Any remaining items on your task list should be appropriately categorized for later.

“You shouldn’t have any stray to-do lists or tasks” I have ideas, most of which are written in notes all over the place (at least 50 e-post-its on my desktop, and other real post-it around the place). I have lots of ideas and personal projects on the go. No have any “stray” to-do’s. Not a change.

Also, there are loads of mundane household things I need to do every week. But they get fitted in where I can.

Also, some days I feel I can do much more. And some days I don’t feel so good. It’s not like I can schedule for how I feel (health wise, I mean, and not major health issues, just some days I don’t have such a positive mood).

Ask “Who else can I help this week?” List 1-3 people.

Other than repetition, I often can’t think of 3 people.

Ask “Who could help me accomplish what I have planned for the week?” List 1- 3 people

Same as before.

Review expenses and spending from the last week using financial software, online banking or expense notes. If you have a business, look over those expenses as well.

I do this when I have expenses.

So there you have it. I have complained about the process which they set. “Complaining” is one of the things they talked about in the lesson. They said instead of complaining, one should take action. Which I will do. I’m going to take their workbook, and redesign it so that I will be able to complete it.

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