A couple weeks ago I was planning for the June – July – August quarter. As usual I identified one thing in each dimension of Sustainable Productivity to focus on. That means one thing for Health and Fitness, one thing for Mental Well-being, and one thing for Environmental Surroundings.
I broke it down into an action that I could do daily and wrote the goal to be able to say yes or no that it was done (all the better to check that box in the habit tracker. This was fine for the Mental Well-being and Environmental Surroundings dimensions.
Then I got to the Health and Fitness dimension.
I literally had 5 hours per day. FIVE.
Sure, it sounded fun today, but after a couple weeks it would certainly suck my soul.
I had to coach myself up a bit and return to the two Sustainable Productivity questions:
- Is this productive – am I getting the result I want?
- Is this sustainable – can I continue lifelong if I want?
The clear answer to both of these questions was no – a laughable no. Not a shaming laugh, but a, “Wow, do I slide back into old, bad habits quick?!” laugh.
In the podcast this week Genay and I talk about getting realistic about planning, which is of course the root of Sustainable Productivity. You can listen here or anywhere you get your podcasts.
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