A Maximum Monday
It is a good thing to have a goal for daily output. Small, attainable, winnable.
And consistent daily output will net results. I have proven this.
But there’s another side to this. What if I focused on Monday and wrote 5000 words? Or 10,000 words?
What if I focused on Tuesday and completed all my correspondence — for the entire week?
What if I held spreadsheet Wednesday and created and updated all 12 necessary spreadsheets?
Focus is a skill everyone can and should develop. Gamify it if you need to. Yes, maintain your minimum daily output. That’s your 500 words, 3 emails, or 1 one spreadsheet.
But maybe Monday is a good day to see what the maximum could be.
Don’t set an output quantity goal.
Set a focussed time goal and find your sweet spot.
I set a Pomodoro timer for 50 minutes, followed by a 10-minute break - and shoot for four of these per day, with a 30-60 minute break after two of them. During those 50 minutes, I allow myself to only do one thing.
No texting of checking.
If this is new to you, start with 25 minutes, followed by a five-minute break.
Four focus hours per day will produce a greater net result than what most folks do in a typical 8 hour day.
Give it a try and measure the results. You’ll find your maximum output increasing as you learn the art of focus.