This is a guest post by Emma Newman of Post Apocalyptic Publishing.
I once heard that former British Prime Minister Mrs Thatcher said “Happiness is a ticked off list”. I have no idea if that’s true, but regardless of how one might have felt about her politics, I can certainly relate to that statement. I always write a to-do list for every project, and having recently completed a major one, I realized something about the process that causes it all to break down.
I’ve written a lot about being organized and decluttering your life, in fact I did an entire book about it (you can download it for free here). It was one of the first big ‘lifehacks’ that I really worked on and it made such a difference to me. In fact I converted several other people, including my own parents, to the idea of decluttering (it backfired slightly because they tried to throw out all my old stuff that I’d left at their home when I moved out).
Several years ago I signed up to a local gym. My attendance was patchy, despite all my best intentions, and it took a further two years and changing to a different gym, before I finally got into a regular exercising routine. There was even a period where I tried to do it at home, with cheap gym equipment that’s still taking up room somewhere.
Looking back, I think a lot of the problem was that I expected immediate results. I tried so many faddish routines both at the gym and at home, from attempting to go for regular jogs to simply doing pushups every morning, only to ditch them within a month. My motivation would disappear because it was so heavily dependent on short term results. I wanted to bulk up, and after each exercise I’d look in the mirror and see… no change. It was always the approach I took, rather than the fact I was giving up too early.
Ask The Readers: Productivity, Personal Development, Lifestyle Design… What Best Sums It All Up For You?
One of the problems I have with this blog is trying to categorize it, and sum it all up. When somebody asks me what I write about here, it’s difficult to explain. There are quite a few words that get used a lot, but it all seems very subjective and none of them ever seem to quite fit 100%. Productivity, personal development, lifestyle design, or other? What’s the name for all of this? What are all us bloggers actually writing about? And does it really matter what it gets called? Of course not, but it would be interesting to see what the general consensus is…
This is a guest post by Francis Wade of Time Management 2.0.
Most professionals can name a handful of time management systems that they have come across in their professional careers. They can probably also list a few people here and there who have embraced these systems and are quite happy using them. If they were to think of improving their productivity they would probably look to adopt one of the systems they have heard about and take a course, read a book or visit a few websites in order to learn what to do.