By Jocelyn K. Glei via jkglei.com Article
Here’s a list of the things I don’t do while working:
I don’t schedule meetings in the morning.
I don’t listen to music or radio that has words.
I don’t look at my email until I’ve done 90 mins of deep-attention work.
I don’t treat emails from people I don’t know as urgent.
I don’t look at social media until the afternoon, and then only on breaks.
I don’t tweet live. (I schedule almost everything in advance.)
I don’t over-program my daily schedule so that there is no downtime.
I don’t work more than 3 hours without a break.
I don’t answer my phone or texts in the morning.
I don’t use Slack.
I don’t read the news.
I don’t eat at my desk.
I don’t work past 6pm.
And here’s a list of things I make sure to do:
I do make my to-do list for tomorrow the night before.
I do focus on deep-attention before hyper-attention work.
I do regularly identify and update my goals for the next 6 months, and the actions I need to take to meet them.
I do always have a variety of projects on my slate so I can shift tasks based on my mood and energy level, while still getting important stuff done.
I do meet (or catch up with) one interesting person a week.
…when you’re creating your to-do list, try to focus as much as possible on the big picture—the long-term goals and projects that really matter to you. Once you’re clear on where you want to be in 6 months, it’s easy to break out the small, daily tasks that will make the most impact.”