I’m struggling to get my tax return done. It’s been in the diary for ages, but I’ve let (more interesting) things take priority this week.
I want it done so I can take a break in August. I’m normally on it as soon as the new tax year starts — like to do it early, so I know how much I have to pay.
I realise I need to do it before school’s out on July 21st. I’m not as focused with a teenager in the house. The energy is different, and my attention is split between work and domestics.
Also, the heat is making me restless. I want to be outside. Long walks. Runs. Hanging out. Living in Hastings is like being on permanent holiday 🤩 🌊
Time to revisit my systems and processes. Look at what I do every day — personally and professionally, and work out how I can maximise my output with minimal effort.
I want to work on my business and myself in August — reading, travelling, studying, and the bigger picture. Set some goals for September — the new year.
Designing better systems will give me more headspace and freedom to be present in the moment — whether I’m writing an email, talking to a friend or shopping with Julieta. It will also help me see what I can outsource.
It’s a mix of digital and physical:
• Notebook and pen (handwriting activates the brain and boosts creativity)
• Trello boards (to plan, move things around, inspirational backgrounds — a visual reminder of where I want to go next)
• Templates for newsletters, emails, and reports I do regularly
• Calendly — set times for calls with an automated Zoom link
• Batching tasks, e.g., Marketing Monday, Fridays for creative writing and personal projects, checking emails at set times
• Hootsuite for social media scheduling (5 x daily posts on the free version)
• Groove app for 50-minute focus sprints — just 4 of us; I love how intimate this feels. One task at a time. Writing an email, making dinner, sorting the garage — it’s all work
• GrowthDay — the first all-in-one personal development app. Underpins it all. Brendon’s energy is infectious! ( here’s my link)
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Happy holidays! See you in September 😎
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Originally published at https://nikatalbot.substack.com on July 31, 2022.