I spent the first four days of vac kind of ignoring my usual routines, and it was a nice break at first. But honestly — it kind of caught up with me.
Not having morning time to think & organize –> less focused all day
Not getting in AM workout –> low grade level of annoyance about when I would fit it in later
Not regularly clearing email –> a lot of tasks starting to float around uncaptured/unorganized –> increasing levels of anxiety
Increased anxiety –> increased levels of social media checking because it’s almost like “ohhhh, I’m missing something, maybe insta or my 85374th email check will have the answer”
ANYWAY. Today I got up early, did a proper gmail cleanout and weekly plan, and I feel approximately 24 times better. I also completed workout #75!! Just 5 left to go. I plan on sticking to my usual AM routine for the rest of vac most likely. I have NOT gone into my work email because I know that is a slippery slope to not enjoying any of the rest of my time off. (I’m sure there is plenty going on. I DON’T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT ANY OF IT and no one has called me so they seem to be surviving in my absence.)
BLP Question: Crowdsource!
I have been thrilled with the response to BLP so far! It is far smaller than our BOBW audience, but for a brand new podcast the trend looks wonderful. In full disclosure, I would like to grow because it actually costs about $250/month to create BLP and eventually I will need to add some advertisements for it to be sustainable. Plus, more listeners will enhance my ability to have great guests (though I’m already excited about the few I have lined up!!!).
I have been especially impressed with the deluge of planning questions that have come my way! So much fun. In fact, Ep #5 will be an all Q&A ep! One question that I’ve received in a few forms is this one:
What do you do to capture to do items or “revisit later” items on the go?
Since not everyone has their planner at arm’s length all day long, this is a pain point for many. Plus, even if they did – where does a random stray thought or idea belong?
My current go-to methods are:
- Actually having my planner around (yep, I do like to keep it handy) and adding to appropriate list (someday/maybe, weekly list, a collection, daily, etc)
- If it’s something I have thought of now but really don’t need to think about until later, I’ll put it in the weekly calendar page of my planner that corresponds to when I do have to think about it
- Using the Notes app on my phone – having a catchall “To Process” note where I can put any kind of random thought immediately upon having it, to put in the appropriate place later
- Sending myself an email! I process email very reliably so I know this will not get lost. This is esp useful if the note is a to-do item that involves emailing someone.
However, I am interested in other strategies! How do you capture those random thoughts/nagging to do items/aspirational “maybe I’ll read/watch/listen to this” ideas? I’d love to hear other strategies!
This does not look aesthetically pleasing to me, but sharing anyway:
Scenes from Yesterday (Josh’s one:one day with C)