A couple of months ago I came up with a concept to help me increase my productivity, especially with the routine tasks that I want to get done everyday and that all too often don't get completed.
What I wanted was to simply define that point in the day when I have completed everything I really need to do that day and when the rest of the time is my own. I started be taking my existing Daily Routine and dividing it into four distinct parts: tasks I must do in the morning, tasks I would like to do during the day, tasks I must do sometime during the day and preparation for the following day.
Having divided my Daily Routine into four sections I was then able to decide that if I managed to complete the two parts I must do then I had managed to complete my day. I had managed to 'effectuate'.
So now that I had a measure, and a term to describe it, I was all set to try and make it happen. The only problem is that I have not managed to effectuate more than a couple of time per month. So now in this planning weekend I have been having a real think about what I really need to do everyday and what would be very nice to do everyday. In short I have been making it easier for effectuation to be accomplished.
On the face of it making effectuation easier would appear to make me less productive. However I am hopeful that if I have just one or two tasks left to effectuate then I will press on in a way that I haven't when I five or six tasks remaining. Of course this idea needs testing and as always it will be tested over the next 3 week period and reviewed over the next planning weekend.