Over the years, I’ve tried different productivity or to-do list systems and have settled on this personalized version. I created the first version using Evernote and then have made changes in that master file as my needs and objectives changed.
The Basic Sections
I’ve settled on five different sections for my day and I describe them below:
This is my most important section (which is why it’s at the top)
This is the section that I want to get done every day – without fail – as it’s the one that will keep me healthy and able to work on the others.
I have three main exercise sections:
- A basic daily walk to clear out my mind and provide a regular period of movement. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, I have a walking machine in the basement
- The body weight exercises are simply pushups and other exercises without weights.
- Cardio is a heart workout – which at the moment is a sprint interval training system I’m experimenting with on one of those small personal trampolines (I have extensive ankle injuries from an athletic career preventing me from running on a hard surface.) I can get my heart beat well into the training effect range and that’s what counts here.
I use the Oak Meditation app on my iphone – I assume there’s a good one on Android but … The benefits of daily meditation are becoming better known and crystal clear when it comes to aging and health.
Again, I use the Oak Meditation app for this. It depends on the day but I tend to repeat these short exercises on a regular basis.
One of the things that appears to contribute to both longevity and preventing Alzheimer’s is social contact – face to face communication – with others in your community.
I shoved this one in there to remind me to do something around the house – some chore – every day. I have a list of “house projects” to work on and I pick one and work on it until it’s finished. It’s not that I get one finished every day – that depends on the size and scope of it – but that I do something every day.
This is an anti-Alzheimer’s project I’m exploring and I’ve put it into the physical section for the moment as I want it to be part of my “me” time and guaranteed to be done. There’s a lot of reading, and research in this section but it is a personal thing so it fits here. And yes, the rest of the “me” section also relates to Alzheimer’s but that’s another post for another day.
The rest of the sections are aimed at my work day.
As a writer, I live on the words I produce. So this section is at the top of the list and I have to get that checkbox every day without fail. The proportion of what gets done – which one of the four main writing areas I focus on – is variable depending on the day and project.
- Fiction – I have several sites for this
- SGF is simplegiftsfarm.com and
- DGG is douggreensgarden.com)
- D.G is this website.
I think this pretty much speaks for itself. I run ads systems on Amazon as well as other promotional activities through sites such as BookFunnel. In this modern publishing era of self-publishing, it’s critical to work on all available systems.
For example, I’m on track to double my gardening ebook sales this year by fine-tuning the Amazon Marketing System.
Education and Administration
It’s very tempting to ignore both of these areas as they don’t appear to have a direct impact on the revenue stream. I consider them critical (and I hate admin stuff) so I wrote them down to force myself to focus on doing something – however small – every day.
Even if it’s only for a few minutes, I try to take a crack at the filing or updating the financial records or whatever on the admin side. And, as I’m a huge believer in lifelong learning, I willingly spend time every day on learning something new.
At The End Of The Day
You Can Download A Master Copy Here DougGreensDailyToDo