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🌻 Making my days about just one thing
As a way to find focus and pre-plan mentally
If there’s something that I’ve learned about life, it’s this:
I gotta do things my way or the highway.
And this is not because I have a big revelation. Nor the ultimate productivity hack.
It’s more that I’m trying to figure out what works for me. A big part of that is me recognising what I naturally drift to and tuning into that— and learning to be proud of how I operate.
I don’t like calendars or meetings. Never have, never will. The only thing that shows up on my calendars are community gatherings, coaching/consulting sessions and a “let’s explore something or meet”.
And even those are minimal. More than 60% of my days have nothing scheduled in. This makes me happy.
Another thing that I’ve struggled with is the sheer amount of things I want to do. To-do lists just aren’t going to cut it. Never have, never will. Any list of things just makes me feel worse about all the things I’m not doing. And all too often, I end up completing nothing at all. I hate it and I end up giving myself a hard time.
I also know that I make progress in life by showing up. And that’s how I built up my previous business. I just kept showing up and doing things. It works for me, so I’ll do more of that. I don’t have specific goals, I just keep going.
Another thing that I know is that I like to mentally prep for the day ahead. It’s hard to do that with joy when there’s a full list of things to do. So instead of causing me stress, why not organise a day around just one thing?
That’s what I’ve started doing. I haven’t had any of this written down until now. It’s a mental process more than anything.
📧 Mondays: my weekly Rosieland newsletter (and the natural curation and learning that happens around it). It ships every Monday.
🌈 Tuesday: write a Rosieland article (I feel better doing this early in the week, my mind is then freed to think about other things).
🌻 Wednesday: Indiependent writing (Indiependent is what you are reading now)
📚 Thursday: work on my Rosieland book + course
🚍 Friday: unschooling writing (I spend 2/3 of the day with my kids, I can brainstorm an idea to write about whilst they are playing)
Looking at that list, I realise I’ve become a writer, which feels awesome.😊
My work days are designed around getting one thing done. It gives me focus and permission to switch off once I do it.
It means I’ve been shipping and going to bed earlier.
Shipping is literally great for my mental health.
It doesn’t mean I have to ship every day, for me it’s more about getting a chunk of work done that helps me progress.
It also doesn’t mean I don’t do other things around it. Often I will have emails, community conversations, admin, community events or coaching calls that I work around. It’s more that the one thing is my main focus and everything else is a distraction until I make enough progress on what I’m working on.