This applies for me, so take it as a grain of salt.
When your day isn’t going well, a bunch of things came up and you’re not getting what you want or needs to get done, here is the solution based on what I do.
- Shut off your phone (assume you don’t have a list of clients to call, if that is the case, close everything on your computer and just have your list to call)
- Close your door
- Get our a post-it note or index card and write out the 3 most important things.
- Don’t do anything else till the 3 things are done on that index card. If you have more than 3 things to do, you’ll remember them once you finish the first 3 and you can start from there.
This system works for me. Cut out the noise, cut everything out and just bury yourself in the tasks at hand. Like I said, it works for me, might not work for you. Modify it as needed.
Ever feel like, you’re writing an email or a text to someone, explaining your problem and why you can’t fix it, but after you finished writing you realize, you answered yourself?
This happens more often than not.
I know a lot of people (me included at one point), that say, I give great advice but I’m horrible at giving myself the same advice.
The solution to all this is journaling. My journal is like the Swiss Army Knife to my life. I setup a 3 ring binder and it has my daily journal, weekly review, planning, riffing, goals and timelines. I can tell you what I did yesterday and 40 days ago. I can tell you where I’ll be in 90 days. Or 1 year.
The best part is, all the issues, and thoughts start in my journal. When I can’t figure something out, I just riff it out and eventually after enough writing, I find the answer. Boom! I’ll create a solution and go HAM.
There are great journals with templates all figured out on Amazon, I would recommend checking them out on there or make your own like I did. It’s the keys to the universe for life.
Latin for; an object such as a skull to remind you, that you will die.
Memento Mori is one of my favorite Latin theories that is more often referred to, remember you will die.
I like it because it is the constant reminder that, tomorrow isn’t real. Only today is. To always try and make today the most important day.