Tuesday, September 25, 2007

another 8 hours a day goal

Last week my goal was to actually work 8 hour days. It only went so-so. I would try to work on checking things off of my to-do list, but then I'd get distracted by solitaire or something like that. HAHA.
Anyway, I realized my main problem was the way I was writing things on my to-do list. For example, last week's to-do list might have looked like this:

  • Write 2 articles.
  • Make 3 new pages for the site.
  • New blog post.
  • Email Debby.

And so on.
But the thing is for me...I'd know that all of that together would take less than 8 hours, so I'd write one article, play solitaire, write another article, go for a walk. Knowing that I could accomplish all of my day's goals in less than 8 hours allowed me to slack a bit.
So this week I'm taking a different approach. Instead of listing specific goals, I'm making timed, general goals.
For example, yesterdays looked like this:

  • Go to Coast Guard (1 hr)
  • 1 hour administrative duties/cleaning/tidying.
  • 1 hour brainstorming different things.
  • 2 hours article writing.
  • 1 hour site page designs.
  • 1 hour directory submissions.
  • 1 hour uploading everything.

It went over a lot better than last week. So we'll see how it goes as the week continues.


Millionster said...

Haha. I love this goal of yours. But what if you look at it from the perspective of productivity? Do you really need to do 8 hours of work? I'd rather not! lol. If I can do in 5 hours what it takes me to do in 40 hours and still get paid 40 hours -- that would be heavinly. Maximize income minimize time. =) I admire your effort to be more productive!

shannon said...

yesyes. Very true. However, since I'm not currently making a hell of a lot of money through these things, I figure it's better to set a goal to work 1 hour and write 4 articles in that time than to set a goal of 2 articles and only spend 30 minutes.
At this point, more is better...

Crystal Lampe said...

Wow, those are big goals. How is it going?