Refining and Configuring Tools
Productivity Score: 9/10
I had a busy but productive week! I continue to struggle with being disciplined with my schedule – stopping when time is “up” for a task, and taking breaks. I am really proud of myself for meditating every day, and easily increasing my meditation time to 10 minutes. I do not think this is helping my brain to settle down much yet, but I do believe that my commitment to it has produced some inner calm and I am hopeful that the long term results, if I keep it up, will be a better memory as I age.
I spent about 45 minutes configuring Rescue Time at the end of the week, and purchased the Pro version to allow me to add some categories and get alerts and set goals. With my enhanced configuration and increased attention to my daily tasks, I improved my productivity this week:
“Netural” time is mostly email, some of which is probably also “productive” time. It is possible to actually review each email within this category, but I have not taken the time yet to do that.
- Continued commitment to daily meditation – usually in the morning.
- Configured Rescue Time to more accurately attribute tasks to productivity categories
Improvements Going Forward:
- Try to get email time to one hour or less per day.
- Be more disciplined about taking breaks and stopping when time is “up.”
- Continue learning to read music and play the guitar and learning to read music. Schedule time for guitar each week.
- Keep Facebook off my phone. Only check it once or twice a week going forward. Keep an eye on time spent on twitter as well.
- I have a hard time stopping!
- Sticking to priorities is important for bottom-line productivity.
- I feel in control and energized when I am organized and have a schedule ahead of me. Some days I am not motivated or inspired and those days are less productive. This week I discovered that rainy days are harder for some reason.
- Spending time setting up systems to automate tasks is worth the time investment.