I don’t know about you, but every now and then I suck at being productive. I have my moments where I get a bunch of stuff done and feel like a complete rock star, but a few days later I’m typically back to “trying to figure it all out again.” And I think a lot of it has to do with finding that optimum schedule that works best for you.
I had a great schedule going once, but then I had a kid.
Then I got a new pretty good schedule down, and then I had a 2nd kid :)
It’s been about 15 months since that 2nd nugget came out, and I’m not gonna lie – I’ve been struggling to find that next work-life balance that fits me well. I don’t know if it’s because of his unpredictable sleep patterns, or if working doesn’t seem as important anymore, or if having them at home now makes it that much harder to work, but regardless something needs to change.
And I’m hoping Benjamin Franklin has the answer :)
I came across this article on how he lived his life, and for the next full work week I’ll be copying him to see how it changes my own. Here’s what his schedule looked like (or *ahem*, his scheme):
The two questions he poses each day stand out the most:
- (Morning) What good should I do this day?
- (Evening) What good have I done to-day?
I feel like most of us are pretty good at accomplishing our goals if we actually take the time to say it out loud each morning, but for whatever reason we never do. Imagine if going forward you started? “Today declutter my kitchen!” “Today find a way to make a $100!” “Today finally listen to J. Money and start a budget!” I can’t even envision how inspiring B. Franklin’s diary must have looked either (“Today invent the bifocals!” “Today help create the postal system!” “Today score with a bunch of women!” ;)).
Needless to say, my goal setting will pale in comparison :)
I’ll also have to tweak this scheme of his to adapt to my aforementioned wee ones as well. I’m not sure the role Ben took with his own kids (he had 2 boys and 1 girl), but if I don’t pitch in and be a part of their lives I’ll be in a heap of trouble. It also seems like he wasn’t a fan of exercising much – which admittedly I haven’t been either recently! – so I’m going to see if I can sneak in a little working out myself in here… might as well shoot for the moon, right?
Here’s how I foresee the next week going:
I have no idea how sustainable this will be, but it never hurts to shock the system a bit and see if anything sticks :) Every article you read on habits of the rich and successful start with “waking up at 5,” and making room for contemplation, so I feel like good ol’ Benny was on to something there. It also happens to be the week of $$$ tracking and updating too, crossing over into a new month this weekend (yeah net worth updating!), so I’m hoping it gives me more time to reflect on our financial goals as well.
If you’re needing a new push yourself, feel free to join me :)
Here’s the original article again which shares how another person tried following his footsteps adding in his own modern twist (creating a Google Calendar template and documenting goals in Evernote!). But that all seemed too fancy pants for me. I’ll call it a win if I roll out of bed each morning on time!
I’ll let you know how it goes.
UPDATE: One week completed! Here’s what I learned :)