MELTDOWN: 0 Pomodoros tracked last week! My only excuse was that Wednesday - Sunday were spent away from my desk dealing with job search and then the tradeshow in Reno Friday - Sunday. I’m back to the grind this week and should have better results to show for myself.
More tracking last week: 20 Pomodoros tracked. 15 related to the start-up business, 5 related to job hunt and taxes. I’m busy with the start up because there are two trade shows coming up and I’m getting the finances in order to better track expenses, inventory etc.
I find myself really enjoying working on the start-up business.
Related: I also met my goal of responding to at least one question on Quora each day.
Back on the wagon this week after my friend Shay helped me realize that I need to have “pipeline” days where I fill my job pipeline, and days dedicated to moving them through. Also I was more vigilant about tracking my time dedicated to the new retail business because of the upcoming trade show investments we’ve made:
16 total tracked and 5 dedicated to my next career move. Again, I spent more time on this, but I’m trying improve my tracking to reveal insights about my actual vs. stated priorities.
More than double what I tracked last week, but short of my goal of 30 per week.
Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority,” and see how that feels. Often, that’s a perfectly adequate explanation. I have time to iron my sheets, I just don’t want to. But other things are harder. Try it: “I’m not going to edit your résumé, sweetie, because it’s not a priority.” “I don’t go to the doctor because my health is not a priority.” If these phrases don’t sit well, that’s the point. Changing our language reminds us that time is a choice. If we don’t like how we’re spending an hour, we can choose differently.
Hitchcock’s definition of happiness: that’ll do, Hitch. That’ll do.