The NY resolution season is here. Yey for the 8% of us that keep them! As a productivity geek I’ve tried a ton of apps for this, but none of them stuck until last March, when I came up with a super simple way to motivate myself weekly.
It’s a Google doc that’s worked better than anything else I’ve used, and you should give it a shot.
You can get it here.
This is what it looks like:
And here’s how to use it:
- Go to File > Make a copy and save it on your own Google Drive
- Come up with a list of buckets (general themes that are important to you: work, health, family)
- Come up with a list of priorities/actionable things you should do every week in each of the buckets (call parents, 2 gym visits, 1 blog post, visit 1 networking event etc).
Then each week add a 1 if you did it, and leave it blank if you didn’t. Goal is to get the highest number possible in the ‘total’ row. This gamifies the whole thing and lets you quickly judge how well you’re doing overall, and which areas could use some extra love. If you consistently miss a line, you should probably figure out why (or possibly remove it if it’s not longer a priority).