Podcast re-air that is related to today’s topic
In Episode 112 of his Deep Questions podcast, Cal Newport came up with what he referred to as “Productivity Baby Steps” (as a nod to Dave Ramsey’s 7 Baby Steps). Of course, I was moved to create my own. They are still in development but WILL involve:
Define routines + habits that serve you and build into day. Place a reminder of these somewhere!
Definine inboxes + setting a time to review all loose ends (CAPTURE, originally from David Allen)
Processing email to zero each week (capturing all relevant tasks where they need to be)
Having a personal retreat where you define goals: yearly, quintile or quarter and/or monthly. (Can use a fun tool like Cultivate What Matters PowerSheets, a plain notebook, or an app)
Scheduling + conducting a weekly review
Planning each day either on paper or electronic equivalent
Making sure to plan in some kind of downtime, fun, and/or self care and an adequate amount of sleep
Still thinking about it!
In the meantime, I am happy to report we had a nice not-too-full weekend. Yesterday’s tasks were all accomplished except “plan NC trip”. Hopefully today. Organizing the kids’ books was quite the task – Annabel is now in her own room so I moved all of her books up there, and sorted the rest of them. Our shelves have gotten quite full and It is probably time to let some more books go, but that is h a r d – so much sentimentality wrapped up in kids’ books.
In lieu of buying more, we will try to make better use of the library for the kids – I’m in the habit for myself but am just starting to include their reserves in my routine.
Coming up: SCREEN TIME. We have revamped some of our family policies out of pure necessity. Will discuss tomorrow or Weds.