1. Shine the Sink: I’m getting a little on the obsessed side with all my cleaning and clearing. It’s amazing, though, how a shiny sink can lift depression.
I still haven’t finished my New Year’s Resolutions, but I’m slowly realizing that it’s because I’ve been slowly testing out changes, and making all sorts of little changes that are truly changing my life.
2. Email Once a Day: One of the biggest changes I’ve made is that I only check email once a day (Okay, sometimes twice a day, but I’m trying!). I only do email (no outclicking or switching to the web browser) and I either delete the email, respond and delete, put it in a "1Return" folder for something that needs a response this week, or put in a "2StayInTouch" folder.
But at the end of my email session, every single email box is completely empty. What a great feeling!
Even better, email doesn’t interrupt me fifty times a day. I had no idea how much time it sucked, but it’s freed up hours in my day.
(See ZenHabits for some more great tips.)
3. Blog Once a Day: I do the same with blogging: I read y’all’s feeds once a day, click through and comment, and then that’s it. Then I close Thunderbird. (Okay, okay, I’m still working on this bit.)
Doing one thing at a time sure frees up loads of time.
4. Check all your Comment Discussions Once a Day: Do you go back to sites to check and see if the blogger has responded to your comment? Do you end up having to click through all the blogs again, several times, to see the discussion?
Want to make it easier? Want all your discussions on one page? Or even better, delivered to your feed reader?
Co.mments.com is WONDERFUL. You just sign up, then click and drag a bookmarklet to your toolbar. Whenever you’re on a comments page, just click that little Track link, and it will track that discussion for you.
If you click on Tools, you can either have your feed reader fetch the feed of all your blog discussions, or you can go to http://co.mments.com/track, and all your discussions will be on that page. (Make sure you stay signed in.)
5. Get Back on the Wagon: If you’ve fallen "off the wagon" with your goals, then check out David Allen’s presentation to the Google staff. He reminds us that it’s just as easy to get on the wagon as it is to get off. No big deal, just get back on. Fall off, get back on.
Forgive yourself for falling off. It’s okay.
6. When Will You Be Done? I tend to go to bed (or not go to bed) every night feeling like I’m not done. I hate that feeling. I run from one thing to another and never feel like I finish anything.
But I’m creating boundaries. Do email, then I’m done with that for the day. Do blogging, then I’m done with that for the day. Write, and then be done. Clean, and then be done.
My dream is to be done with everything at 9:00 pm, so I can relax and read, watch a little TV, and go to bed peacefully.
I’m working towards it. I believe that I can still get the same amount of stuff done, but with a slower pace of life, if I just focus on one thing at a time. I’ll let you know if it works out.
So how are your New Year’s Resolutions going? Or, how are your current goals going? Any handy tips?