The days of 2020 have melded together. Each day ending the same way – Ian and I face-to-face working at our dining room table. With laptops out and music playing, this environment begs for distractions – especially after a long work day when, afterwards, the last thing you want to do is work on more “work”. Although things can get a bit squirrelly - and understandably so - for the most part, we hit our deliverables and accomplish the tasks laid out on our daily to-do list.
This process, day-in and day-out, can get not only tiresome, but also unproductive. Hey! You try working with a friend of 14 years with whom you live and tell me how productive you are on a nightly basis. Sorry – didn’t mean to get so defensive there! But, you catch my drift. It can be an uphill battle, and, without staying disciplined and on task, we would simply be two men chatting the night away.
Below, I've listed a few tactics we employ that enable us to ward off procrastination and remain diligent. We're not recreating any wheels here, so I'm hopeful you'll be able to identify specific action items for you're unique circumstances - work projects, duties around the house, you name it!
Create a Calendar
Hanging up a dry erase calendar board in our home...
1. Instills a sense of accountability (something in writing, staring you in the face certainly does the trick!).