However, I do have a lot of work to do and it takes a fair amount of effort to make sure that I’m on the right track and that I’m working on the right things.
A few weeks ago I read a decent article on Lifehacker about Seinfeld’s Productivity Secret. I didn’t watch Seinfeld, so I don’t know what this is about, but the technique in the article seems sound. The article cites 5 rules, but I’ll break it down to two:
- Choose your goals.
- Mark on the calendar every day that you work towards these goals.
In short, we encourage ourselves to work towards our goals by easily showing daily progress towards those goals. Every day you work on your goal/project/what-have-you you make a mark on the calendar. Every day you don’t, you don’t. Don’t break the chain. You’ll feel like a jerk if you break the chain.
Sounds like a solid idea but, naturally, I have done nothing with it.
But today while surfing tumblr (read, “not working towards my goals”) I stumbled upon this article on a little app called Wonderful Day. For $0.99 Wonderful Day provides a trim and attractively designed calendar for marking down your “on days.” Every day you work towards your goal, you get a green dot. When you don’t work on your goal you get a red dot. The longer the green chain, the better you feel. Red dots? That jerky feeling again.
I’ve spent the buck, now on to the app. I figure I have a couple obvious ones to work on:
- Work on my project (top secret, don’t ask)
- Work on the chopper project (more to come, probably)
- Blog, tweet, etc. (low priority, but it has a purpose)
If it satisfies my goals, I will update you on my progress here.