With 2017 now just days away, it’s time to turn my attention towards the New Year, and do my best to make it the best year ever. My technique is to continue my daily panning around my to-do list into the New Year, which keeps me on track and focused on what needs to be done.
My system is based on using a daily planner and calendar to write down the top five or so things I need to accomplish each day, along with a check box to check it off once the task is completed. This year I’m using the ‘FOUR SEASONS 2017 Engagement Planner and Wall Calendar’ by LANG to keep myself organized. This is a technique that has worked well for me for years now, as it focuses on accomplishing what’s important to me each day. If I don’t get around to completing a specific task one day, I’ll just slip it to the next day until it’s completed. What’s done is done, and that’s the main point.
This year I started podcasting, and so far I’m on track to complete 213 ‘Simply Mark’ podcasts in 2016 which amazes me, but in reality it’s simply focusing one day at a time on the tasks at hand. I was also able to also make 20 videos in 2016, for a total of 101 videos since Dec 9, 2014 ~ along with 13 music videos of my original songs before that ~ something I’d never done before.
I also completed seven acrylic on canvas paintings in 2016, after completing six new paintings in 2015. I hadn’t painted in decades, and while I always wanted to paint again one day, it took a very long time for me to get motivated to do it. Only after retiring in late 2013, was I positioned to have the time and focus available to rededicate myself to my artwork.
My long-term goal is to finally complete and wrap up all the individual projects and stories I’ve started over the past years and decades, and then move on towards focusing on all my remaining goals and interests ~ which is only made possible by focusing on my top five priorities each day.
I wish you and yours all the very best for 2017, and hope that you, too, will find a way to keep yourself organized, motivated and productive throughout 2017! Cheers! ☼ 🙂