We all have the same hours in the day. With the volume of news and social media that we are inundated with, along with our jobs, responsibilities, and past-times, we can quickly get overwhelmed. Maintaining a healthy work-life balance has never been more critical to our well-being.
I follow a simple routine that encourages me to form positive habits that help me stay on track throughout the day.
First do this
Write down a key thought or quote that can help you focus. Then write down a handful (no more than 7) key things you want to accomplish that day. These can be both personal and professional tasks.
Look at your list throughout the day and cross off the items that are completed with a single strikethrough. If you are like me, you may chose to avoid the things that you don't want to do. Please resist this temptation.
At the end of the day, take a moment to think about what went well in doing your tasks and what could have gone better. Did you have enough mental breaks? What kind of distractions did you come across?
This may seem anti-climatic, but the simplicity is the point. In the world of many productivity apps, emails, to do lists, etc... I've discovered that I spend more time managing the tools than actually getting work done. This isn't to say those tools aren't helpful (I use them every day), but I focus on this foundation first.
By being mindful of the time you spend on tasks, you create a feedback loop for continuous improvement.