In the course of my gap year / sabbatical I’ve fallen out of the habit of waking up and thinking about my day. What I coach every new product manager is that every day there will be more things to do than you can ever get done. Focus on 3-5 tasks daily. That’s all, just 3-5 tasks that are finished every day and you will be way ahead of the game.
For me this will be a very simple habit:
- My alarm goes off Monday-Friday at 5:52am.
- Rather than fall back asleep I will spend the next five to ten minutes thinking about my day and deciding what three things I need to get done (not five; this is sabbatical after all and December to boot).
- I’ll highlight those three tasks in Wunderlist (current task list of choice since it integrates with PomoDone as well as GitHub)
- Each day around 4pm I’ll figure out if I did what I needed to do or not and update my blog (yes, this might be the most boring blog ever by that point).
Seems simple, right? Well I know that my task list is huge given all the projects I’m working on (www.bonavika.com, www.whalesight.com, Sports Brief Daily, writing a novel, reading lots of books, and getting fit) and since I have all of my tasks in Wunderlist this seems pretty straightforward 🙂
Feel free to nag or comment to keep me honest this month.