What Is a Reset Day?
Despite one’s best intentions in turning over a new leaf, life happens. Forging new habits isn’t easy, while slowly moving away from them is. The best way to deal with that drift is to get re-aligned before you’ve gotten too far off track — to constantly make little course corrections as you continue towards your goal.
But sometimes, one bad week leads to another, and things flat out unravel. You just get totally off track with the path you want to be on. In such a case, tinkering around the edges doesn’t work. The momentum of your off-kilter current is too strong, your schedule just too busy, to fully get back in a good headspace. You need an uninterrupted stretch, a solid block of time in which you can clear the decks – all of them.
Enter the reset day.
(Via The Art of Manliness)
I do a Reset Day every so now and again. More accurately I try to do one. Often I end up down a rabbit hole focused on one particular thing, say on a brain dump or improving workflows, get overwhelmed, and stop.
The idea of scheduling the Reset Day, placing a timer on what is done (or not). I can always return to the item later and if I’m in a positive flow I can allow myself some leeway.
I can see planning for the next Reset Day, making a tag in my universal capture for notes & tasks, and then using them to set up the day.
I would make a few changes. First, I would do it away from home to minimize distractions. Second, I would disconnect from the Internet for the day except for maybe the Experimental Browser on my Kindle Paperwhite. Third, I would replace house cleaning in Hour 1 with something else I can do away from home to kick start the process like do some file purging & organizing.
How would you do something like this?