Resolved, to focus on only three things each week. To focus on only one of those each day, has been illuminating. More difficult than expected.
The startling part has not been, after so many years of having many things on my to-do list with relentless frustration ending exhausted days without making a dent … is remarkably absent of any angst.
I am finding myself very protective of this new regime. First, it makes it easier to protect my early mornings (sometimes the whole morning!) for writing, because I know the afternoon and evening will produce sufficient focus time for that day’s ‘one thing’. And to be clear, on each day one of that week’s three things will be my focus. At week’s end, there may still be lots to do on those three things – but they will have had the benefit of much attention on the most important things.
About the hundred other things that never seem to get finished – many get attended to as required through the day and get touched a time or two during the week; they aren’t neglected or forgotten but they don’t take ‘primary focus’ unless they are ‘one of the chosen three’. I’ve been allocating time on Sundays – late afternoon or early evening – to review the week that was, plan my next week’s focus, meetings and appointments.
So far I haven’t missed calls or failed to reply to important business related matters – work for clients is ‘up to snuff’, whatever that means.