UPDATED OCTOBER 25, 2021
I created this page to help me allocate the right amount of time and energy to what I need and want to do. I will update this page regularly as I fine-tune its mandate. I’m striving for better harmony in my life and taking on too much puts the focus I need to work on the above in jeopardy.
I’m also focused on deep work (as described by my friend Cal Newport) going forward, which lines up well with my personal productivity philosophy. I’ll be writing more about this in my weekly ATTN: email. (You can also check out some of my writing over at Medium.)
MY DAILY THEMES
Here are my Daily Themes. Every day has one so that it triggers my overarching focus for that particular day of the week. My Daily Themes are defined as follows (with my week starting on Sunday), with dates established for those themes in parentheses:
- SUNDAY: Planning/Family Day (April 2020)
- MONDAY: Maintenance Day (May 2021)
- TUESDAY: Training Day (May 2021)
- WEDNESDAY: Media Day (September 2021)
- THURSDAY: Training Day (February 2021)
- FRIDAY: Maintenance Day (September 2021)
- SATURDAY: Family/Planning Day (April 2020)
(Note: Giving a day a theme doesn’t mean I only do things related to that theme on that day, but those activities/types of work receive my overarching focus.)
MY MONTHLY THEME
My Monthly Themes act in the same manner as my Daily Themes. Some months I’ll have what I call a “hybrid” Monthly Theme, named as such because the theme will apply to both my personal and professional life.
My personal theme for the month of October is Health. I’ve signed up to see a personal trainer to get myself into better overall shape. I’m working towards eating better, keeping up with my Evening Examination (planning, journaling, etc.) and am working back into a meditation practice. I am thinking I’ll carry this theme into November as well as I need more time for these things to take hold.
My professional theme for October is to give my overarching focus and attention to Courses and Workshops. I facilitated a few online workshops and courses this year already and more are on tap for October. I’m also running The ELITE TIME Course (formerly known as Total TimeCrafting) for a small group for the second cohort of the program. And I’m still working with my team to revamp and migrate TimeCrafting Trust to a new platform before we raise the membership price in January 2022. If you want to learn more about TimeCrafting Trust, just click here. I’d love it if you’d join us.
MY ANNUAL AXIOM FOR 2021
After using Chris Brogan’s “3 Words” approach to the new year for the past several years, I’m shifting to something I’ve developed for TimeCrafting: the Annual Axiom.
Essentially, it’s a phrase or mantra that represents my aim in all facets of my life for the next twelve months. I liken to what sports teams use in their locker rooms every season to help them strive to be the best they can be, game in and game out.
My Annual Axiom for the next twelve months is an initialism for the following phrase: Whatever it takes, no matter what. (I’ve shortened it to WIT NMW.) The concept behind it is that whatever I commit to doing, I’ll approach it with a “whatever it takes, no matter what” mentality.
I have episodes booked through to April 2022 for A Productive Conversation with Mike Vardy and I will not be conducting further interviews for the show until January 2022. If you are looking to be on the podcast, please know that even if you are interviewed in the first three months of 2022 that your episode won’t likely air until midway through the calendar year.
OTHER POINTS OF NOTE
I am not currently reviewing any products (apps, books, etc.) other than those I’ve already committed to reviewing.
I am always willing to look at in-person and virtual speaking engagements – both keynote talks and workshops. Check out my speaking page to learn more.
This page was inspired by Derek Sivers.