I followed Cal Newport’s Blog for years when he was a college student. I started college in my late twenties as a single mom so my perspective was different from that of a traditional 18 year old. I loved his insights and from my experience, I knew he was right.
I just discovered he’s still blogging when I stumbled across this article about his morning routine from Business Insider. I realized instead of a to-do list, I need a calendar. I need to schedule what tasks I’ll do at different times of the day. I think this will help me with my procrastination.
Now I get up, look at my to-do list and think – meh – I’ll check email first. Then I’m scrambling later in the day to knock out things in a pretty sloppy way. If I time block (his term) my to-do items, I hope I’ll realize that if I don’t get them done, that window is gone.
On another note – we’ve never used chemicals on our back lawn and stopped using them on our front lawn over a year ago. I planted lettuce out back this morning (just a few seeds to see if they’ll do anything in this heat in a partially shaded area) and realized selling our chemical free produce could be a way to bring in more cash for the fund. We’d grow it anyway so it’s literally no sweat off my back.