Many productivity and lifestyle design experts advocate using to-do lists, task lists, etc. to achieve important or mission critical (work related) goals.
My take is simple and open-ended for my daily life goals.
- Learn something new
- Do something different(ly)
- Practice an existing skill
- Connect with someone
Learning something new – add to your knowledge. Learn a new word, find a new application of an existing skill, acquire a new physical skill or technical skill. It’s about discovering something that you didn’t know before big or small.
Do something different(ly) – get out of your comfort zone. Talk to someone you don’t know, order something different, don’t check your e-mail for a day, turn off your phone, take a different route to work or type of transportation to work. It’s about breaking out of habits and opening doors.
Practice an existing skill – working on things you already know is a matter of upkeep and discipline. Pick up that instrument which you haven’t played in weeks, put on your tap shoes, pick up the pencil and sketch pad and work on refining something you already have skill in. It’s about reinvesting in what you already know.
Connect with someone – reach out to someone whether you know them well or not. Call up an old friend or someone you have lost touch with, talk to someone who is having a rough time, or just sit down with a close friend for a drink and hear what they have to say. It’s about establishing and maintaining relationships and understanding others.
These are my four things that I strive to do on a daily basis. Regardless of whether they are life altering or barely noticeable and they are open to both ends of the spectrum – it gives me a set of things to aspire to. If I don’t accomplish them all in a given day – there is always tomorrow.
What are things you do or want to do on a daily basis? Perhaps you have a weekly set?