Over the past weeks and months I've been increasingly aware that, by the end of the day, I am not accomplishing most of what I set myself to do in the morning. It has been a frustrating position to be in.
So during the past two weeks I have been looking forward to this Planning Weekend so that I can make some real moves towards taking the pressure off myself a bit, setting my expectations a little lower and then having a good chance of hitting my targets every now and again.
The first place I have looked is at my Quarterly Goals. These are already set such that they take me in the direction of my longer term goals so seem the ideal place to start. Then I have looked at the things that I absolutely have to do to keep my own life in order, care for the needs of PatchDog and the needs of my mother and lastly I considered what needs doing for my Quarterly Goals.
The result is that about 20% of what I was trying to achieve each day did not fit into any of the above categories. Instead they were things that would be nice to do, things that are no longer relevant or things that I feel I should be doing but without being able to establish any particular reason for them.
The result has been a slightly shorter Daily Routine with the most important tasks at the top so they get done right at the start of the day before life gets in the way. Also at the end of the list are some more important tasks that need to be done before retiring for the night.
I'm looking forward to the week ahead and a real chance to test out how it all works and fits together. Hopefully the result will be more time spent with PatchDog and with my mother and less stress on me.