This is especially relevant for me in the next coming weeks while I prepare for another one of my children’s surgeries.
It’s human nature to get distracted. Life gets in the way, but you MUST KEEP GOING. I KNOW because I live it. #YouCanDoItToo. Here’s how:
Disclaimer: Everyone’s technique will be different and what works for me may not work for you, but I’m asked all the time how I do it. So here’s what I do. I encourage you to start with this, then adjust to what works for you!
1. Get a three subject notebook or use word docs. The first section is called “Today”. Add the one thing you want to accomplish today. This doesn’t include cooking, cleaning, remembering to pick up the kids at school, and that the class trip money is due. This is the ONE goal that will make you feel awesome that you can do today to move toward your goal.
Important: Make this goal small and achievable. What one thing will you be really upset about tonight when you go to bed that you didn’t do that may have only taken five minutes? That’s the thing you should do first.
What if the goal seems too big? ALWAYS break it up into chunks. Don’t expect to build a whole website or write a whole book. Instead, your goal might be to find 5 images for cover photos, buy a domain name, or brainstorm 10 chapter ideas. Then you’re done. That’s it?
Because it feels good to cross something off of a list! Because now you’re motivated and you’ve accomplished something. But the fun part is — it doesn’t stop there. Your mind will keep thinking. You will start to get excited to move forward! This is inspiration!
2. Section two is the list you want to get to. Call it “tomorrow”. Here, brainstorm your list of ideas you KNOW you will achieve in your lifetime, some how, some way! List all the writing projects you want to do, ideas you have, things you want to learn in order to achieve the goal.
3. Section three is your far-fetched list. What would you do if time and money were unlimited? What would you love to do someday, but it’s not realistic at all? These are things that you could be okay at the end if you don’t get to them … but hey, you never know! You’ll see why.
Specifics: The “Today” section always changes because every day is a new “Today”. So every day (or the night before) take ONE thing from section two. Again, break it down into smaller steps that you can achieve it TODAY!
Once you get in the habit and finish your “TODAY” goal, you’ll be searching for more out of column two! Before you know it, you’ll be checking off multiple things in column two and accomplishing more than you realized you could in one day!
One last thing about section three. Don’t forget it’s there. Dreams are made to come true also. Look at section three at the beginning of each week and chop away at it in very small bits. You want to travel? Put a realistic auto savings plan in place, just a few dollars each paycheck. Find a picture of that dream item or lifestyle. Column three will be in the back of your mind as your motivator. Small steps now will bring you closer to having that dream become a reality sooner than later. Say that one out loud. Small steps NOW will bring you closer to having that dream become a reality sooner than later.
Once you start checking things off of your section two list, you can take something from your section three list and move it into section two! That’s the goal! #youcandoit And don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t!
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