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Imagine a month in which you’re extremely productive where you complete every important task without any procrastination. You follow every routine and ritual, like waking up early, doing meditation, journaling, or working out.
In this blog, we are gonna plan the next perfect month with the help of systems like Habit Tracker, Daily Planner, and ABCDE method. I like to do this because I have realized that at the micro-level it’s all about good habits if you want to be productive. You could highly benefit from this system if you have a 9 to 5 job and also doing some side hustle.
A habit tracker is a simple way to measure whether you did a habit. For example, if you did a workout on Monday you will cross off that day on the calendar. I make a habit tracker not because I am the most organised person, it’s the opposite. I am seriously chaotic and easily distracted, So I need a system to keep me laser-focused. Motivation is over-rated anyway and willpower doesn’t work either, at least not for long.
I usually make a habit tracker on canva and rarely use photoshop because the Canva user interface is much easy to engage.
I keep a track of days when I wake up early around 6 am because I have noticed whenever I did, I have been extremely productive.
I also keep track of the days I did meditation which helps me with my creativity and keeps me pleasantly calm and focused.
Once you start pursuing your goals and not be able to achieve them in the expected time, you start to see from a glass half empty lens and that is why I kept a section on Gratitude. For the last few months, I have been practising Gratitude which I have found extremely helpful in making me aware of all the good things in my life.
I also write Goals for every month. I realised having clear and precise goals eliminated the chances of procrastination because the moment you look into your calendar you realise you don’t have time to waste.
I have assigned symbols for each habit, a cross for the days I woke up early around 6 am and a circle for meditation, right tick for the workout. The urge to keep the streak alive and not break the chain is immense.
No month can be perfect unless you keep track of your everyday productivity.
I also keep track of my productivity hours each day with the help of a google Extension named "MakeTime - increase productivity". This is the best tool I found for tracking my everyday productivity because I do most of my work on my laptop and I have found my phone seriously distracting, so I try to stay away from it.
And The extension interface is interesting enough in a way that you don't waste time playing with it.
Link for the Productivity tool named MakeTime:-
We often have a distorted view of our own behaviour, on good days we overestimate our efforts but on bad days we underestimate them. With this tool, You can see how many hours you have spent working on your goals daily. It gives you a broad perspective of your efforts and keeps you honest.
I usually track my study plan with this tool and as you can see I have spent 1000 hours on it. This not only makes me proud but also provides me with proof that I did everything I could to achieve my goals.
The beginning of my day is dominated by the notion of “What is the biggest and ugliest frog I have to eat today.”
Before you assume something weird let me explain that here frog is a code for your biggest, most important task, the one you’re most likely to procrastinate on if you don't do something about it. It is also the one task that can have the greatest positive impact on your life at the moment.
that’s why I became obsessed with waking up early. I wanna get my most important task done as early as possible so the amount of stress could be drastically reduced by the time in the evening.
The first rule of frog eating is this: If you have two frogs eat the ugliest one first. It means that if you have two important tasks before you, start with the biggest, hardest, and most important tasks first. Resist the temptation of starting the easiest task first.
The second rule of frog eating is this: If you have to eat a live frog at all, it doesn’t pay to sit and look at it for very long.
If you have too many tasks like 10 or 20 then try The ABCDE method to figure out which tasks are more important than the others.
The ABCDE method is a powerful priority-setting technique that you can use every single day. Here’s how it works:
You start with a list of everything you have to do for the coming day. think on paper. You then place A B C D E next to each item on your list before you begin the first task.
An "A" Task is very important, something that you must do. this is a task that will have serious positive or negative consequences if you do it or fail to do it.
If you have more than one A task you prioritize these tasks by writing "A-1", "A-2", "A-3" and so on.
Your A-1 task is the biggest and ugliest frog of all.
A "B" task is the one that you should do but it has only mild consequences. These are the tadpoles of your work life. This means that someone may be unhappy or inconvenienced if you don’t do one of these tasks but it is nowhere as important as an "A" task.
The rule is that you should never do a "B" task when an "A" task is left undone. you should never be distracted by the tadpole when the big frog is sitting right there waiting to be eaten.
A "C" task is something that would be nice to do but for which there are no consequences at all, whether you do it or not.
A "D" task is defined as something you can delegate to someone else.
The rule is that you should delegate everything that someone else can do to free up more time for the A task.
An "E" task is defined as something that you can eliminate, and it won't make any real difference.
I didn’t understand the depth of time until I started planning my days. It’s easy to overlook the concept of planning and take your time for granted.
We have this perception that to drastically transform our life We have to do something big but the reality is that just by merely changing seemingly normal daily Habits and Planning your day, you can start to see exceptional results. Sure it's not the most exciting energy but it is the most productive one. Because people don't know How to make monotonous things exciting. Everything gets monotonous at some point. The only difference between professionals and amateurs is that amateurs leave when it gets boring, while professionals don't.
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