If your days are just passing by with you doing nothing – then you need to bring some accountability in your life.
When you start a day, do you know exactly what needs to get done? If you don’t, then how could you possibly expect yourself to do what needs to get done?
And it’s not enough to say “I’m going to work on [project]” or “I’m going to make some progress on [task].” Because when it’s time to work, we won’t do any more than we have to. We can be relied upon to do what we must but nothing more. So therefore we need specifics.
Specifics are exactly how many words you’ll write, or calories you’ll eat, or pages you’ll read. Or how many meetings you take. And also when you get on a call with someone, knowing specifically what you’ll accomplish in that call.
When we lay out the specifics, it means that we can look back on our day and hold ourselves accountable.
We can truly evaluate how successful the day was. If we nailed all the objectives – great! If we didn’t, that’s totally fine too – we just adjust for the following day.
What’s NOT fine is coming into your day, in the morning, not having a clear idea of what needs to get done, “doing work” all day which involves perhaps less than an hour of actual productive activity, and then finishing the day without any general idea of how much progress was made toward your greater goals.
So therefore: May I suggest that you start creating a plan, with objectives, for the following day before you go to bed. This way when you wake up, you can just get into it. Introducing this one habit alone will bring a satisfying productive velocity to your life.