In case you weren’t able to watch, Tonya & I were part of a panel on Higher Ed Live last week guest hosted by Joel Goodman talking about productivity, work hacks and balance.
That conversation made me think about coming up with a way to really improve my own scheduling and discipline as it relates to my work life. I work hard and I get things done, but a lot of times as a solo when you’ve got your hands in a variety of different arenas, I find balance is more challenging.
Another thing about blogging, is I feel that from the outside looking in, it seems like people blogging have all of the answers. When in reality, we’re just sitting on our end figuring things out and sharing ideas that might be (somewhat) useful to you. This little exercise is aimed at getting people involved.
So I’m unveiling a little project called 28 Days. I get this idea from when I had to go gluten-free for health reasons. The transition was relatively easy, I had no real support system outside of the web but managed to do it and haven’t looked back. I find take a month to really change your habits in progressive ways can lead to major dividends.
Here are my goals:
- Change my routine to get more productivity out of my hours throughout the day.
- Gradually wean myself off technology in my off-work hours.
- Track which sites I visit and for how long.
- Complete a book a week.
- Write a blog post everyday about my progress.
Some abstract goals and some measurable ones. This is less about talking though and more about doing. I’ve enlisted the help of the RescueTime Chrome App for the time tracking my internet usage. I don’t want this to become a pedantic exercise, but akin to training for a marathon after being a bit of an undisciplined runner. Hopefully it’ll spawn you all to assess your own goals and your participate in 28 Days along with me using the Twitter hashtag #28DaysSolo.