Today's blog challenge is to create a daily success plan for yourself. Write a blog post about what you will do, when you will do it, and how it will get you closer to your dreams.
Since my workdays consist of 4 hours at the most (with a few short check-in times after that), I need to focus and get my work done in a short amount of time each day, with very limited distractions.
I'm usually at home while working, so distractions abound. I need to recognize those distractions and schedule them into certain parts of my day so that they don't go undone.
I really love the Pomodoro method, as Natalie Sisson mentioned in the description video for today's challenge. I've tried it before but I've never used it consistently. I see the benefits and know that it would help with my personal work style so I'm implementing it as I write this post. Anyone can focus for 25 minutes (okay, maybe not my 4 year old, but most people can!). With scheduled breaks, the work load doesn't seem daunting. Structure really is freeing and that short break is enough to use the bathroom, grab a cup of coffee, stretch or hop on the yoga mat for a sun salutation.
My work time priorities are writing, research/learning, volunteer assignments and connecting with others.
All non-work socializing, laundry, dishes, cleaning, showering, dressing and eating will be completed before or after this work schedule. These activities have traditionally been wound into my "work schedule" but it's an inefficient use of the short work day that I have and an easy way to get distracted, derailing business momentum.
This is the luxury and curse of working from home.
My workday, My Success.
8:30-12:30 AM, 4 days per week
1.) 8:30-8:55 AM: 25 minutes of writing on www.Diaverge.com, my website promoting the low carb, whole food approach diabetes management.
8:55-9:00 AM: break
2.) 9:00-9:25 AM: Continue writing and/or editing
9:25-9:30 AM: break
3.) 9:30-9:55 AM: Research/Webinar/Professional Development
9:55- 10:00 AM: break
4.) 10:00-10:25 AM: Complete Research/Webinar/Professional Development
10:25-10:30 AM: break
5.) 10:30-10:55 AM: Online connecting with Facebook, Twitter, email
10:55-11:00 AM: break
6.) 11:00-11:25 AM: Supporting website content: Photos, videos, links, Amazon store, etc.
11:25-11:30 AM: break
7.) 11:30-11:55 AM: Volunteer work, including PTA, Girl Scouts, etc.
8.) Noon-12:35 PM: Wrap up any unfinished website editing or email
This 4-hour schedule consists of:
- 2 sessions writing, editing (with another flex session at the end of the day to wrap up anything unfinished: 50-75 minutes.
- 2 sessions research/webinars/professional development: 50 minutes
- 1 session supporting website content: 25 minutes
- 1 session of email/social media: 25 minutes
- 1 session Volunteer commitments: 25 minutes
- 7 breaks: Totaling 35 minutes
I'm also currently also completing a certificate program in diabetes education. The associated coursework will take place both in the morning work/professional development sessions #3, along with one hour in the evenings, 3 days per week. Totaling 4.5 hours per week.
This 4-hour work day schedule will take place 4 days/week, creating a 16 hour work week.
This schedule is intentional, and leaves one weekday morning free for volunteer activities, grocery shopping, my frequent doctor's appointments, etc.
I'm confident that this schedule will create the space within my work day to accomplish my most important tasks every day and avoid common distractions while also allowing some flex time each day.
As a result, this thorough evaluation and schedule will help me to achieve both my short-term goals of 5,000 unique visitors/10,000 monthly page views on my website and long-term goal of living abroad again and running a successful independent wellness consulting company.
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 5