Just One Task a Day

More Energy Project #26

A few days ago I started to do just one task a day instead of trying to manage a long todo list. I usually never get the things done on the list anyway.

Now I have made a list on my iPhone of tasks that I can choose from, and every morning I pick the task of the day. It works well and these days I have accomplished more than ever.

Read my article about todo lists.

I made a quick search on Google; it turns out that I’m not the only one who realized that todo lists not always works. “Just One Task a Day” gave 23.500 results.

The great thing about this strategy is that I  feel energized about getting things done and I do more that is not on todays list. In the end I actually get more things done than I would have with a long list of todos.

Cookies in the Morning Are not Healthy

Cookie © Erik Back 2012

My alarm clock alias my iPhone told me to move my attention from a pleasant dream about glasses made of ice to a more realistic state of consciousness about 5.45.

I poured myself a glass (made of glass) of melted ice and maintained my habit sitting in quietude drinking my water.

After my morning routines I find myself sitting at the clinic with a cup of coffee and a cookie. It’s 7.30 and I’m eating cookies – that can’t be a healthy habit!

Usually I would bring a piece of bread but in my search for eatable and portable food I didn’t find any bread in the kitchen this morning; I did find some of my girlfriend’s delicious cookies though.

The problem is that I have failed to plan our meals and running out of food was inevitable. After working on my sleeping habits it is time for me to clean up my bad eating habits. I usually eat healthy and varied food so my problem is getting meals organised and planned.

It takes a lot of work planning meals and I honestly don’t have the time for it. I have to climb high above my food clutter to get an overview and find out how many meals I actually have to plan.

Until I have worked up a routine planning meals I have to keep the process as simple as possible. It is no use planning great creations that would take hours to cook. I have to make up plain and simple dishes that are fast and easy to prepare and to shop for.

At the moment I am working on a routine the will help me making to-do lists. I’m creating a habit of looking at my iPhone’s to-do app once every day. On the to-do list I have written one and only one easy task to keep it simple. But in the future I think that simple task is going to be some delicious food related task.

5 Incredible iPhone Apps for Habit Management

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I have been inspired by Leo Babauta from ZenHabits to dedicate my Mondays to organisation and management. I will put focus on tools and resources that can simplify your life and habits.

Today most people have a smartphone and mine is an iPhone. I bought my iPhone in November 2010 and it soon became a habit to keep it close at all times, because this little wonder can surf the net, it can check my mail, I can play games, listen to music, watch YouTube, check my accounts, write blogs… well I could go on.

Along with my iPhone came both new habits that made my life easier, but it also brought me new bad habits like checking mail too often and working when I should rest.

My guess is that your smartphone has invaded your life the same way it has invaded my life. It is great to have a device that can assist you in your everyday doings but you also have to optimise your new assistant to give you more free time instead of taking your time.

Let iPhone manage your habits

I have been searching iTunes for applications that has do with habits and I found a few interesting applications that can assist you in creating new healthy habits.

The Habit Factor® – This seems to be the leading application in creating new and healthy habits. It looks professional and you can add goals, track progress, get motivation, set reminders and even add photos of your reward if you make it.

TracKit – This is an interesting application that can help you spot habits and patterns in your life. You simply add events and record every time you perform the event. Then TracKit will plot the event into a map. You now have a visual dimension that can assist you managing your habit.

Touch Goal – This application helps you track goals and habits. It has a great visual design that makes tracking smooth and easy.

Commit – A nice and simple application that helps you stay committed. There are no fancy functions; it helps you to do what you have to do every day.

Alpha Goals – This is a good application with a nice design. It helps you to reach your dreams by defining a goal and the habit you need to reach to that goal. You can even add the steps you need to complete to reach your goal. The advantage of this application is that it has a qualitative focus that makes you reflect.