Improving your Productivity with Have-Done-Lists and RockMe!

It’s 6.05 AM and you are just getting out of the shower… Your hair is toweled up and you light two candles. You get into your meditation pose and close your eyes. Then you realize that you have not set your alarm. So you get up and get your phone from the bathroom where you were reading an interesting article about the entrepreneur scene and crowdfunding in Europe. Then you see that you have three new messages on WhatsApp…

At 8 AM you realize that your freakin’ late and you hardly remember to take the train ticket, your badge, your purse and sunglasses and whoosh – you’re out of the door. You remember the candles, open the door again, blow them out and while you run to catch the train you think: “Didn’t I plan to meditate?”

Sounds familiar?

We have too many distractions nowadays (oh no…I overcooked the pasta while writing this) that I often wonder how people get any work done at all. Have you ever caught yourself in the last 24 hours thinking “What am I actually doing right now?”. We have programs and routines and they do not seem to require the same brain activity as real challenges and often we are just keeping busy but our output is not really that relevant.

I saw several people walking on their Sunday stroll the other day and they all talked to someone on the phone via a headset. They did not just get a call. They planned to use their walking hour to speak to someone. I sometimes combine routine activities with other activities too. For example, I would watch a video or even better was to listen to a podcast while ironing. It works really well to combine such activities. However, it does not help me in order to create. I prefer to mono-task and give my full attention to the task even if it seems mundane. I want to give my brain time to reflect and digest the input it receives during the week (and believe me there’s a lot of input).

If you are a freelance consultant, coach or business owner or if you constantly feel that you are not getting enough important stuff done, here’s a tip.

1) Write down how you spend your time by using a “Have-Done-List”

I find the easiest way to do this is by having a notebook (old-school) next to my laptop or computer which just serves for this purpose (and other crazy ideas running through my head). You can add anything on this list that you have done during that day even this: “Sat down on a bench and enjoyed the sunshine in my face.”

2) Go through RockMe! to reflect your success on a weekly basis

In our coaching programs, we make weekly reflections a mandatory process. 15 minutes per week and you will be amazed how much more you achieved than you thought. The thing is that if I don’t gently encourage you to do this you’d rather spend those fifteen minutes watching cat videos (or in my case silly movies).

Let me know what you experienced once you maintained a Have-Done-List for five days. Have a great Monday!

Kind regards,

Angie Weinberger

PS. In other news here are five job apps worth checking out.

PPS. More ideas how you can reclaim your diary are here.



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