Making Behavior Change Stick
Time Management Hacks Vol. 1
I have a list of daily behaviors that I think are important to being healthy and having an awesome life. I've been tracking them with Kindara. Here is the list along with my performance for July:
- Wake up at 6am - once
- Get at least 8 hours sleep per night - 20 times
- Do Yoga - 16 times
- Review my life goals and plan - 15 times
- Take the homeopathic remedy prescribed by my doctor - 19 times
- Take my morning vitamins - 29 times
- Get to inbox zero - 7 times
- Don't eat sugar - 22 times
- Take 4,000mg of Vitamin C - 10 times
- Take my Chinese herbal supplement - 22 times
- Take my evening magnesium supplement - 28 times
Below is my Kindara chart for the month that shows my progress on each daily goal...
Two weeks ago I had a call with Ben Rubin, an adviser and friend who has been helping us through the fundraising process at Kindara. We talked about time management and then I had a long-ass Friday where it seemed like I didn't get much done. The next Monday morning I decided to start tracking what I was spending my time on in minute detail. I made a google spreadsheet and added in each block of time and what I was doing during that block. This has proved extremely valuable. It has allowed me to:
- See how many hours per week I was working (around 55 which is too much),
- See why certain things are not moving as fast as I'd like them to be moving at Kindara, and
- Become very aware of what I was spending my time on, thus improving my choice of activities and productivity at those activities.
- Develop a mental map of which activities I enjoy (making spreadsheets!) and which activities I hate (damn you email!), and
- Correlate my overall sense of well-being and happiness to what I spend my time doing, or in other words, answer the question: what should I do right now to feel a sense of accomplishment today, next week and next year?
Super valuable stuff. Here are my results breakdown from Week 1...