My simple tried and tested method for keeping me on track.

IanSanders
Dec 31, 2017 · 3 min read

I’ve been doing it every week since May 2013.

It’s my best ‘app’ for tracking those experiences that get me fired-up, so I have a clearer sense of who I am, what I stand for and what makes me tick. It’s the perfect way of reflecting on my life — both family and professional — and checking-in on how I’m doing.

This ‘app’ doesn’t require a subscription. It doesn’t run on my phone. It doesn’t need wifi.

All you need is a notepad or pen.

It’s my Good Times list. A simple numbered list in my notepad. Each list runs Monday to Sunday. Some weeks the list runs to sixty items, other weeks it’s closer to thirty.

A lazy Friday lunch with a friend. Flying back from a business trip to Munich, G&T in front of me, scribbling ideas down. Taking the slow route to a conference, walking through the autumnal leaves in Regent’s Park.

The first coffee of the day. Walking my son to school. That sense of freedom when I plunge underwater, swimming in the estuary near my home. The first laughs in a workshop I’m running for the BBC.

You get the picture. In my Good Times list there is no separation between work and family, it’s all bundled together.

When I’ve had a crap day, or I feel poorly, I don’t write the bad experiences down. I just capture the good stuff.

What has this taught me? The importance of living in the moment. The importance of noticing. Of appreciating how lucky I am to live the life I do.

I’ve also learned that it’s those little everyday things that really fuel me, those are the parts in my daily routine that are really important: the walk to school, sitting in a coffee shop getting some work done, laughing out loud at something, reading an article or a chapter of a book.

But what my Good Times has also given me is a metric for success. Because I don’t measure my success by how much money I have billed or how many five star Amazon reviews my books have. I now have a better way of measuring where I’m at in my life — and what lies in each list are the experiences that really make me feel me, those things that keep me headed towards Ian.

It’s my simple daily ritual to ensure I stay focused on what’s important.

Give it a try. Let me know how you get on…


I’m a creative consultant, storyteller and coach who helps organisations, teams and individuals get fired-up about doing their best work. iansanders.com

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On a mission to shake up the world of work. Creative consultant, storyteller, author, coach. Fuelled by coffee, curiosity, walking ☕️.