Call it what you wish: the daily schedule, to-do list, priorities list, morning meditation on what-is-to-be-done, whatever. It’s a tool for the toolkit that helps me to visualize how I’m going to get ‘er done on chock-full days.
The Daily Schedule.
Last week I was in Los Angeles. It was light outside by 6:30 a.m. It was warmer and sunnier than it is in Seattle, where I live. I had but one thing to do each day: (1) write (for the first 3 days I was there, for a big project that was due), and (2) get to a writing seminar (for the next 3 days I was there). That was it. So fitting in workouts was kind of a breeze. Wake up, run or spin, shower, then do the thing that needed to get done that day.
Well, now I’m home. And this is what I came home to (and yes, it’s my own fault):
So. There you go. And that’s what is on my writing desk. So inviting. So busy-work-making. So easy to sit there and sift through papers and forget that I have a workout to fit in to my schedule today. (A run, to be specific: speedwork at a local track.)
That’s where the daily schedule comes in. The list, the bullet points, the priorities – however you write it, however you picture it. It isn’t too long (I’ve heard that a list of five top priorities per day is plenty for a not-overwhelming, I-can-actually-get-this-done to-do list). And I’ve learned the hard way (that is, by not being anywhere near as active as I wanted to be in 2012 and 2013) that the only way to get something done is to make it important.
So, make it important.
I have a large to-do list today. It’s five things, but they’re five big things. It does not involve sifting through that aforepictured pile of papers on my desk. I could easily descend into the pit of hell known as Busywork. But no. Today will be different, because I have a plan. I will finish this post. I will take a client call. I will run this afternoon after an acceptable amount of work has gotten done. I will run the essential errands and not the “un-essential” errands. And I will get my run in this afternoon when it’s most likely to be as warm and sunny as Seattle gets this time of year. (Yes, I try to stack the workout deck wherever possible.) If the weather is a pain or I need extra buzz to get the workout in, I’ll do it on the treadmill at the gym and enjoy a soak in the hot tub afterwards. (That’s why I pay for a decent gym. Amenities, my friends. Amenities.)
It will get done, because it’s on my daily schedule. That is all.
Yesterday’s #every48 workout: BIKE at the gym – 5 minutes warmup, 40 minutes at 90-95 RPMs with moderate effort, 5 minutes cooldown.