Bernie Anderson
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A Maximum Monday

It is a good thing to have a goal for daily output. Small, attainable, winnable.

500 words.
3 emails.
1 spreadsheet.

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 distractions.
No electronics.
No texting of checking.

One thing.

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.