Bullet Journal, Google calendar, more calendar, weekly to-do lists, post-its after post-its.. Does this sound familiar?
Google goals and its pitfall http://bit.ly/2j1ZfYJ
By the people behind Timeful - an app that came out two and a half years ago. It was intended to help you build habits. With Goals in Google Calendar, you can set targets to hit the gym, do house chores, to meditate however many times in a week or in a month. It will then help you find time in your calendar and send you reminder when that time comes.
It was great for a while, but 2 weeks in I was getting a bit stressed by all the reminders. I felt unaccomplished, in fact I was just busy doing other things that are more pressing. I now treat it as reminders to make sure I am in check with book-keeping, house cleaning and calling my family weekly.
Create flow instead of time-table
Focus on creating space or dedicate time that maximises efficiency. Go as far as to sit at the same desk, listen to the same music, light the same candle, use the same tool.. It will slowly lure you into a state that requires your full attention, and everything around you will slowly fade away. Sounds dreamy eh? But it's true, that is how 'focused' feels like. That is also how 'being in the flow' feels like.
Just do it
Planning can sometimes be a distraction. You thought you are working towards your goal by writing to-do lists, breaking down task. Yes, sometimes you are contributing. But, sometimes it's only a self-indulging illusion. In some situations, you are better off doing task there and then before you even put it down on a list.
Set intention, drive will follow
A lot of the time we are driven by an outcome we want to see. However, the outcome can sometimes be misleading. It might take more time and effort than expected, sometimes it just straight up unrealistic.
Intention digs deeper into the 'why' we do what we do. It's a self-motivating mentality. By working with an intention, you are gaining insight along the way. It doesn't waver according to others expectation. No matter how the outcome will be, you have already pocketed your reward.