Benefits of a productivity schedule


It’s now mid-February and those New Year’s resolutions have been thrown out the window. At least mine have.
I was going to exercise every day, wake up earlier, read more, write better and build stronger friendships.
As I write this – on a Sunday afternoon – my greatest accomplishments were getting out of bed, exercising, taking a shower, doing a little food prep for the week and making the bed. I skipped church because I was too cold to get out of bed.
That’s just plain lazy.
I am inspired by my 6-year-old nephew Jacob, who dresses up as a superhero when he does his homework.
I am inspired by the productivity schedule in Donald Miller’s book “Storyline.”
Some of us need a routine. We need to be inspired. We need to make lists and check the box. Even if it takes 2 ½ hours to do a 30-minute workout, get it done.
In using the productivity schedule, I list three tasks – or projects – that I want to complete each day. They can be as simple as “pray” or “take out the trash.” They can be as complicated as dealing with the broken heater or redecorating the guest room. My three projects for today were to read my Bible, do an avocado mud mask on my face (aging skin is real, y’all) and write this here column.
I also like to make sure I reach out to a few friends each day. It doesn’t matter if they don’t call back or if it’s just a simple text message exchange. I like to make sure that I read and write every day. There’s a great quote that is written on the dry-erase board in my kitchen that says, “Practice every day, and the games will take care of themselves.” It’s attributed to coach Tony Dungy, but I remember reading something very similar in basketball legend Pete Maravich’s memoir. I think Maravich’s quote was to dribble every day.
That’s how I like to look at writing. If you write every day, the moment when you sit down to write your column comes naturally. What used to take two hours now takes 20 minutes.
I used to write a list of questions for every interview I did. I can’t remember the last time I did that. It’s become second nature. What used to be a stiff, uncomfortable Q&A is now just a conversation.
I also believe that a good reader makes a good writer, so I try to stick my head in a book, even if it’s just for a few minutes a day. You’ll never see me waiting on my car’s oil change without a book in my purse. I simply do not leave the house without a paperback.
I’m not saying my way is the right way. It’s just my way.
Maybe your thing is to actually practice dribbling a basketball or spiking a volleyball. Maybe it’s learning a foreign language or taking a ballet class. Maybe it’s learning how to make sushi, and if you conquer that, invite me over. I’ll bring the soy sauce.
Put on your superhero costume. Let’s start today and be productive.

April Towery is the managing editor of The Sealy News. She can be reached at 979-885-3562 or via email at


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