Your dailies

BUSINESS MATTERS (BEYOND THE BOTTOM LINE) - Francis J. Kong (The Philippine Star) - April 24, 2021 - 12:00am

A few years ago, I invited American podcast personality and book author Todd Henry to do an afternoon seminar with me. He was such an easy person to deal with. Kind and humble to the core, though it was his first experience to come to the country, I could see that he was giving everything he could to make sure that the event would be successful.

It seems like I have known him for the longest time because I have read his books and would listen to his podcasts. In his book “The Accidental Creative,” he mentioned the importance of coming up with our own “dailies.” Todd explains that in some monasteries, there are a set of tasks called the dailies that monks engage in every day, whether they feel like it or not. The tasks help the monastery move forward and guide the participants (monks) to focus on the main things they need to do.

Todd Henry gave us a list of his dailies. He says: “For many people, days are starting to blend. Perhaps life for the past year has consisted of the same places, people, and circumstances day after day, which can cause people to feel “STUCK” or even hit a creative rut. But Todd Henry says that creative people do something which he considers “ironic.” And that is by instilling daily practices to help them develop the mindset, hone the creative instincts. And when these are done, it allows a person to spot opportunities and ideas. He presents an example of his dailies.

Study 60 minutes each day

Write 500 words each day

Review my “Big Things” and objectives

Do one act of business development

Create one piece of useful content

He also advises us that once we stick to our dailies each day, regardless of circumstances and how we feel. It will keep us focused and prepared for whatever comes our way.

Today, we are like monks as we stay in our homes working remotely. But as I gave this material a bit of thought, I realize that I have my own dailies and I have stuck to this routine for many years, long before I even  read Todd Henry’s books.

Recently, I heard a speaker somewhere say, “Forget your daily to-do list. It does not work because it will only leave you frustrated, especially with the things you are not able to finish.” Now I am not too sure about that. Perhaps this speaker’s to do list does not work for him or her; maybe the speaker does not know how to organize it in terms of priorities anyway. Perhaps he or she gives up too soon!

I have focused on mine and  have been following it for many years, and it’s made a tremendous difference in my life and career. However, the biggest realization is that my dailies have enabled me to come up with many creative projects and lessons for a whole year and more, working from home. I am now dishing out for corporate clients and institutions, which would not have been possible had it not been for this disciplined practice.

Ideally, your dailies are comprised of both personal and business/work tasks. Here are some questions you should ask to help you establish them:

• If done every day, what repeatable task would increase my capacity to achieve the results I want?

• What could I do every day to improve my focus, sense of engagement, and overall well-being?

• What task, if done routinely, would improve my chances of getting the opportunities I desire?

Your list will undoubtedly be different from mine. Your dailies should reflect the tasks that you think will help you grow the kind of life you want. You cannot live with the mistaken concept of, “I will live through this pandemic and go through this one-day-at-a-time thingy.” You will be disorganized, confused,  frustrated, and worst of all, you may not achieve progress.

Gretchen Rubin says: “What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.” You may want to take a few minutes every day to craft, review, update, and consider the small set of tasks (five or so) that should comprise your dailies. There seems to be so much more creative content and ideas I have that can help enhance the lessons and the webinars I am now providing. If having the dailies is the key to being creative and productive, living like a monk and staying in my monastery does not seem so bad after all.



(Francis Kong’s highly acclaimed Level Up Leadership Master Class online will have another run from May 17 to19. Develop leadership skills that translate into personal, career, and business growth in the current reality and the post-COVID world. For inquiries and reservations, contact April at +63928-559-1798 or and for more information, visit www.levelupleadership.ph)

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