The seven sets of habits of a potentially effective person

Hey, remember the seven points of focus that I told you about on Monday? The ones I hope to contribute to in at least some small way each day? Well, today’s the day I try and kick those sets of habits into motion.

So far, I haven’t done a bad job. When I got up this morning, I sat down and made a list of things in each category that I could do today. Each category has at least a couple of items in it, and if I do even one of them, I can say I’ve done my part for the day.

In the activism category, for example, I finished reading a book called The Art of Non-Conformity, which I’m counting as research toward a few new projects. In the work category, I launched a new blogging schedule for my company’s website. Once I hit the ”publish” button on this post, I can check off the blogging category for the day.

The trick, I can already tell, is going to be to move a point of focus to the back burner once I’ve done something to satisfy it. There are plenty of things I’d like to do in the blogging category today, but if I spend the rest of my time and energy doing them, then the four other points of focus I haven’t yet satisfied today will suffer – including family, which is the big one.

The point of this exercise is to make sure I have a well-rounded day, every day. With that goal in mind, it’s easier to spot the things that can wait until tomorrow, and to set them aside with confidence while I focus on other things (or nothing at all, if I feel like I’ve put in a full day).

What do you think? Have you ever tried something similar? What do you see as being the pros and cons? I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments.

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