I created this page to help me allocate the right amount of time and energy to what I need and want to do now. 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.
MY DAILY THEMES… NOW
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 (April 2020)
- MONDAY: THEMELESS (June 2023)
- TUESDAY: Audio (June 2023)
- WEDNESDAY: Moviemaking (June 2023)
- THURSDAY: Perfecting (June 2023)
- FRIDAY: THEMELESS (December 2021)
- SATURDAY: Family/Planning (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… NOW
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.
This month (July) would be an example of a hybrid theme as I’m focused on RELATIONSHIPS as my theme. I’m not just talking about my relationships with others, but with time and my work. It’s a deeper theme than you’d think at first glance. Feel free to drop me a line on Twitter if you want me to dig into it a bit more.
MY ANNUAL AXIOM FOR 2023
What exactly is 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 2023 is centered around the concept of Content. Not just the idea of being content – choosing and crafting contentment in my life – but also content (as in choosing the content I am going to craft). I’ll have more to share on this in the months ahead but for now… I’m content with what I’ve mentioned here. 😉
I have episodes booked through to the end of 2023 for A Productive Conversation with Mike Vardy and I will not be conducting further interviews for the show until November 2023. If you are looking to be on the podcast, please know that even if you are interviewed in late 2023 that your episode won’t likely air until January 2024 or later.
OTHER POINTS OF NOTE (FOR NOW)
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This page was updated on July 18, 2023 and is inspired by the work of Derek Sivers.