I’m (finally) Back! And I Brought…Stickers?

If you’re reading this after reading any of previous posts, you’re *probably* wondering what happened to me after that New Years Resolutions post (if you’re new here, welcome! and ignore this first sentence, haha.)

The answer is, well, a lot! I’ve been pretty busy in 2016 with moving, graduating college, buying a house, and of course, Pokémon Go (more on that later.)

To manage all this chaos, I’ve tried pretty much every productivity tactic under the sun, but was only really able to get things under control when I started using an old childhood favorite: the sticker chart.

That’s right, for the past 4 months I’ve been using a sticker chart to keep track of my daily tasks, motivate myself to do them, and rewarding myself with little gold stars. Well, there’s actually 5 colors and they’re category-specific, but you get the point.

Honestly, it’s been AMAZINGLY effective, allowing me to finish college with my best semester GPA since freshman year, stay on top of various housekeeping (and house buying) duties, and get back into an exercise routine after ignoring workouts for nearly as long as I’d been ignoring this blog.

The system’s pretty straightforward: I have a monthly planner where I write my tasks, and I try to plan a week at a time. These *ideally* include my top priority in fitness, work, housework, and learning for the day.

One of the great things about this system is it’s completely flexible! When I was finishing up the semester, the day’s tasks would often be a workout and three assignments I needed to work on. Sometimes it’s stretching, a work task, and two chores around the house. Sometimes I even throw in a something like “fill out tasks for the week”, because hey, I did a lot yesterday! I need a break and some validation!

More often than not, the task does not get completed on the day it’s written on, but the important thing is EVERYTHING STILL GETS DONE! As someone who tends towards flakiness and can be a *little* lazy, this was huge.

I’m currently performing better in nearly every area of my life, but I don’t feel overly stressed or like I’m trying to be something I’m not. Does it take some practice and fine-tuning? Sure, like pretty much everything else. But for the time being I’m “sticking” with it 😀

Let me know if you use a sticker chart, chore chart, or something similar and how you like it in the comments below!

Stay tuned for posts about Pokémon, job hunting, and problem solving in the next week or so, and keep being awesome yo!

Best,

-Marley

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