Summer is great. It provides a respite for kids from the normal school and homework routine. As adults, our routine often changes too. Warm weather and longer days are ideal for relaxing, recharging one’s battery, and even being just a little lazy.
Now that school is back in session I’ve been slow to re-implement a more rigorous routine. For example, I was going to the gym five to six times a week, that’s slipped to three days a week on average.
Routines are good. They establish order in our life. Routines help us stay organized, prioritize, plan important activities – to achieve more throughout the day, week and month.
So while I have been busy I know a higher level of productivity is achievable.
My goal for September to accomplish a highly productive routine focused on doing more over the course of the month. Thus the theme “Do More”.
Ever feel like you’ve got another gear in you? I’ve been feeling it. And now I’m going to test it out to prove that I do.
Areas of Focus
- Physical exercise – 22 days of at least 30 minutes of physical activity (accounts for all weekdays) – strength training, indoor soccer, and racquetball.
- Thought Leadership – Four blog posts in September
- Develop New Blog – Travel & Adventure. Set up WordPress, define style, create at least three posts.
- Professional Development – Complete ten hours of training via Lynda.com
- Reading – Read at least 15 minutes daily. Complete at least 1 book (maybe 2)
- Home Improvement – Complete three home improvement projects from Trello Board
- Family Time – A one-on-one outing with each of my four kids. Two family outings. A weekly date with my wife.
Identify areas of focus (see above). Better planning and scheduling to set priorities. Free up “less productive” time to accomplish the goals I set for myself – a little less Netflix and Facebook.
It’s not complicated, nor overly aggressive. I may add more areas as the month moves along, but this is a good start. For example, I’ve only completely read one book this year. It took me three months to get started, and another three months to complete it. So to read one book (maybe two) in a single month, would be a nice personal triumph. Same goes for blogging. Only twice have I had four blog posts in a single month. Creating seven blog posts, between two blog site would be an awesome achievement.
I realize many of my “do more” goals are far less than others do on a monthly basis. But this isn’t about them. It’s about.