My Goal to be More Focused and Productive

Time to Focus

Happy New Year!  My New Year’s resolution is short, but it’s a big one:  increase productivity and spend more time learning.  And I want to do this while not sacrificing family time.  I’m starting 2017 off with a new daily guide and a “Now” page, wpadventure.com/now.

I’m not one of those people that always complain about having nothing to do.  In fact, I’m quite the opposite; I have too many interests and not enough time.  Having a lot of interests may sound like a good thing, but it’s tough.  With such a big list, it’s hard to figure out where to begin.  The result?  I have an ever-growing list of things I want to learn but haven’t started working on any of them.

This new page is what’s going to keep me focused.  It’s a simple but practical concept.  If I’m working on something that’s not on the list, I need to ask myself if it should be.  If it’s something that needs to be added, I’ll add it.  If it’s not something that should be added, I need to stop working on it and add it to my list of stuff to work on in the future.

Planning My Time

I’m referring to this as a guide to keep my priorities straight rather than goals or a schedule.  To me, a schedule is something you keep and goals are what you are trying to achieve.  With the craziness that is life, I have no intention of completing all these each day, as much as I would like to.  You can read about other stuff keeping me busy on my personal site, geoffreyshilling.com/now.  While I would love to devote more time, my ‘ohana, or family, comes first.  They are why I do what I do.  My family influences every decision I make.

I usually wake up a few hours before I have to be at work each day and around the same time on weekends.  This is going to allow me to get most of this stuff done before the big part of my day begins.  I’m just getting started, so this list may change as I figure out what works best.

Daily Guide:

  • WordPress.org Forums: 30 minutes, plus regular moderator/spam checks
  • WordPress.com Forums:  60 minutes
  • Learning:  45 minutes
  • Blogging/Site Planning:  15 minutes
  • Reading (non-WordPress): 30 minutes

Are you interested in seeing what I’m working on?  Check the Now page.  Do you have a Now page of your own?  Please share a link to it in the comments below.  I’d also love to hear how you stay focused and manage your time.  Let’s get this year started off right.  Here’s to a wonderful 2017 for all of us!

One Reply to “My Goal to be More Focused and Productive”

  1. IMHO it’s great that the above plan includes a guide to work by, but at the same time keeps in mind that *the _goals_ are the important thing*.

    I agree!

    +1 that focusing on the truly important things is always a constant balance.

    Since the post above indicates that it would be smiled upon to link to an idea regarding time management, I’ll leave this link to a short blog post about one thing that I did that end up having a positive impact on my productivity (although even it is not a one-time, quick fix, but is rather a continuously evolving balancing act. This post on pomodoros: http://wieldlinux.com/2016.php?2016-04-30#2016-04-30 )

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