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Name one thing you'd like to achieve next week? [Challenge]

Discussion in 'Get productive' started by Peter - FS Administrator, Sep 2, 2014.

  1. Peter - FS Administrator

    Peter - FS Administrator Administrator Staff Member

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    Hi all,

    I've done a few of these lifestyle/productivity challenges over the years, and next week I'm challenging myself to live an 'ideal week'! I invite you to join me.

    Starting next Sunday 7 September, for seven days I'm going to try and combine several goals around the priorities of health, family, friends and work into one golden week.

    Here are my daily goals for an ideal week:
    1. Exercise – 45-minutes intensive exercise per day
    2. Nutrition – no alcohol, no junk food and a maximum of two coffees a day
    3. Sleep – tucked in by 11pm, feet on the floor by 6am
    4. Organisation – write my to-do list and plan my work day the night before
    5. Productivity – turn off email for at least three hours per day to ‘eat that frog’
    6. Focus – stop multitasking and work in blocks using the pomodoro technique
    7. Family/friends – shut down the computer from 6pm to socialise with friends/family, schedule three lunch/coffee dates with Fel
    I’m going to report back on these goals each day with a tick or a cross for each.

    Can I tempt you to join in?

    If so, just set up one or two (or more) goals for your ideal week, and post below or on the article comments to let us know you’re up for the challenge! Then report back on your progress next week!

    I guarantee there’s nothing like public accountability to get you motivated :)

    Whether this leads to a golden week or public humilation for me time will tell. I'll post updates here as I go. I hope to ‘see’ some brave souls joining me??
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    Peter - FS Administrator Administrator Staff Member

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    Hi all,

    Surely I can lure at least a few willing co-challengers from the forums?? :):D

    Maybe it can be simpler: Name one thing you'd love to to achieve next week? Whether it's daily or just one-off.

    Here are examples of what other brave souls have committed to over in the article comments...

    • Lucinda's giving up chocolate for a week.
    • Matt's committed to do 'proper work' from 9am-12pm each day (no distractions!)
    • Shan's set herself a challenge to wake up at 6.30am every work day
    • Brian's tacking two health and nutrition goals
    • And Grace~Shanti has set herself 8 daily challenges including just 1 hour surfing the net per day!!
    What would you like to achieve next week?

    Cheers, Peter
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  3. Lucinda Lions

    Lucinda Lions Active Member

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    Hi Peter

    I'm really looking forward to the challenge, especially as I'm doubling my intake of chocolate this week in preparation!

    I may not be as excited next week, so thanks for the public accountability.

    Have to dash, I've got an urgent meeting with a packet of chocolate-covered peanuts!
    Lucinda :)
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    Burgo Renowned Member

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    Its going to be very difficult, I know but the challenge is there, and you know I love a challenge.

    For my part I shall try to stop working 4 hours next week.

    Mind you I only work 4 hours a week anyway, so that will be a tremendous challenge.

    You realise I could get bored by not having any thing to do.

    Why did I accept your challenge?
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    Peter - FS Administrator Administrator Staff Member

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    Yes, same problem here, I worry that on Friday you might find me buried underneath a bucket of salt and vinegar chips and beer bottles in preparation - a sad lot aren't we!!

    You should forget the idea of 'retirement' altogether Burgo! It's over-rated perhaps? Maybe you should double up and work a full day next week ;)
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    Peter - FS Administrator Administrator Staff Member

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    Hi all,

    Thanks to those joining in :)

    I'll be kicking off this Sunday morning and will check in daily.

    It's not too late if others want to jump in too. Just come up with one thing you'd like to achieve next week and commit to doing it!!

    Look forward to hearing how you go.

    Have a great weekend!

    Cheers
    Peter
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    Peter - FS Administrator Administrator Staff Member

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    Hi all,

    Day 1 and so far so good (almost). Was up at 6 sharp and went for an hour bike ride. My to-do list is now written and ready for the start of a productive and focused work week. I confess I did have a moment of weakness and had light beer with Alan, my 80+ year old neighbour across the road, but it really did seem rude to refuse the kind offer :) Strictly zero tolerance from here on though on that front.

    Lucinda, Matt, Shan, Brian, Grace~Shanti, Denise, Burgo and others taking the challenge, I look forward to hearing how you go during the week.

    For others, It’s not too late to jump in!

    Have a great week, Peter
  8. ScarlettR

    ScarlettR Well-Known Member

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    1 thing I'm going to work on this week:

    Work on the business 10 minutes every day. Just 10 minutes. If I do more, great, but 10 minutes is max

    (I always work with tiny habits, so my goals are always mini!)
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    Peter - FS Administrator Administrator Staff Member

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    Me again!

    Day 2 - holding strong :)
    Managed to obey the 6am alarm clock again and head to the gym this morning and all clear on the food/alcohol/coffee front. Had the pomodoro timer out this afternoon for a few hours of offline work too. About to clock off as it's 6pm. Not sure if a co-incidence, but it was a productive day today.

    Scarlett, I hope you got your 10 minutes strategy in. And Burgo I hope you did no work at all. Surprised to see Lucinda is still standing!

    Hope everyone else had a good start to the week. Best be off. See you same time tomorrow.

    Cheers,
    Peter
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    Burgo Renowned Member

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    Sad to say I actually worked for a couple of hours Monday but will not work any time next week as Im off to see the Flowers in Canberra, or should that be Im off to smell the roses, across to Batemans Bay, back to Sydney on Friday then to Pearl Beach for the weekend.

    Then School Holidays................."HELP"
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    Peter - FS Administrator Administrator Staff Member

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    Sounds like you're well on track to not hit your four hours work! See the flowers, smell the roses, but steer clear of pushing up the daisies... that would be taking the idea of a relaxing retirement one step too far ;)
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    Peter - FS Administrator Administrator Staff Member

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    Hi Virginia,Lucinda, Matt, Shan, Brian, Grace~Shanti, Natasha, Denise, Scarlett, Burgo and any others taking the ideal week challenge! It's been a mixed week overall for some, but overall pretty successful I reckon.

    You're possibly getting sick of my endless updates now, but I'm pleased to report almost full marks for day 3. I actually found that I woke up before my alarm this morning which is most unusual. Food, sleep and exercise all ticked off, along with a coffee date with my wife this morning. A looming project deadline had me stuck in the inbox a bit more than I'd like and I didn't quite make the 6pm knock off... but, overall a really productive day and feeling energetic with all the exercise.

    Hump day tomorrow so stick to your guns and report back on progress if you dare!

    Good luck!
    Peter
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    Did no work to day spent the morning at OMNi Epping enjoying some good company of 11 older gents. Some of the story's being told are really hilarious
    But I didn't WORK!!!
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    Update Day 4: Productive but a little tired

    Scored about five out of seven today – including the big ones of sleep, exercise nutrition and organisation. Got somewhat distracted during the day with a lot going on and had to jump back online later in the evening to catch up on some work (including this update!). I'm finding the early morning starts + exercise really do make me feel energised and ahead for most of the day - that's probably the biggest benefit of all the goals. Will have to find a way to maintain this beyond the week! Although as I’ve been getting to bed a little later than I wanted I do fade in the evenings a little.

    Good luck for the rest of the week.
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    Darnit had an email come in from the UK last night so have done 20 minutes work.....lets see how tomorrow fairs
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    So that's 2 hours 40 minutes of work for the week so far. Not such a bad effort and less than the usual 4 ;)
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    Update Day 5: Full swing

    Short and sweet update today. Happy to say I hit 6 out of 7 goals, only failing on one by reaching for the third coffee during the mid arvo fade. One day of the working week to go and it's been one of the more productive ones in recent times - no co-incidence I don't think.

    If you're still at it, keep going, just two days to go!
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    Update Day 6: Almost there...

    I will stop hounding you with updates soon I promise :) Strong finish to the working week today pretty much on track with all goals - getting up was tough this morning. To be honest I think the early mornings and exercise make the biggest difference to having a productive day and week, so I'm going to continue those next week (will see if I can do it without the motivation of public accountability :eek:). I have my Dad's 70th party tomorrow night to break the drought.

    Have a great weekend all!
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    Well Peter, I have to say a huge thank you for this challenge.

    Although I did not meet my challenge once this week (came close a couple of times), it's made me realise just how important making my goals realistic is. The goals I make need to be within my control, and I'd like to think that the amount of sleep I get is in my control, but in reality, at this stage in life, it just isn't.

    I will be able to put this exercise into practice in both my personal and business life.
    Once again, thank you
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    Well next week I am have some well deserved R & R. After failing to do no work last week I definitely intend to do NO work this coming week.

    So I'm off to smell the Roses
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