Focus is one of those things in life that can feel really hard to attain so we might resist against it. Yes, deep down we know that if we spent the time and created the discipline, the pay-offs would be huge for our productivity and ultimately, our freedom.
It is the New Year. You are motivated and ready to go. THIS is the year you are going to get physically fit, take more classes and perhaps even compete at a higher level. All of this means committing time… but there is already so much competing for your time.
Soon the thought of training feels a bit overwhelming and all of your well- meaning pursuits are taking a back burner, along with your dreams to go to the next level. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Understanding Your Procrastination Style
There are many reasons solopreneurs and business owners procrastinate. It could be due to perfectionism, overwhelm, or problems prioritizing. The key to overcoming procrastination is learning what your procrastination style is and how to deal with it. Once you’re armed with this information, you’ll find it easier to defeat procrastination and get back on track. it makes sense that each of us is unique so there is not a one size fits all solution. See which one fits you…
It is a beautiful day and you are talking a walk in the park. You are following a path when all of sudden, there are large trees blocking your path. You can see the clearing just beyond this massive grove of trees. Then you notice the sign and it says, “Stay on the path and you will be successful in your journey.” You take a step back and notice that the trees are in groups; fruit trees, evergreens and hardwoods and that if you could navigate the different groups, you can stay on the path and reach the clearing on the other side.
Your business (and your life) can often feel like this park. You know where you want to go in your business/life and yet there are so many things to accomplish that you can get “lost in the woods.” However, if you take a step back and focus on what you need to accomplish, you will see that they can be grouped into different projects. By completing each of these projects, you will feel less overwhelmed and reach your desired outcome.
There are three components to a successful project:
1) Begin with the end in mind
2) Set milestones to measure your progress
3) Break it down into smaller pieces
Begin with the end in mind
Before jumping into your project, decide what you want as the outcome. This becomes your target (I like targets so much better than goals but more on that another time.) Then set a deadline. Deadlines can be used to your advantage and are proven to improve your success rate when trying to achieve your goals/targets.
A deadline is a time commitment by which your tasks must be achieved. They serve as a powerful reminder of not only what you are trying to achieve but that there is an end to the process. Project achievement is about setting a goal in a reasonable timeframe and building the plan to get you there. If you do not set a deadline and you leave it open, human nature will allow you to believe that you have unlimited time to achieve the results you desire and procrastination will take over.
It is proven that those who set deadlines (and meet those deadlines) were twice as effective at completing projects and meeting their goals as those who didn’t. Deadlines demonstrate commitment, accountability and urgency.
Set milestones to measure your progress
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when trying to achieve a project is to just plow ahead with a grand idea without drilling down the steps you need to take every day to get there. If you don’t set milestones along the way with strong deadlines, you will not accomplish what you set out to accomplish.
Milestones allow you to determine the beginning, middle and the end for your project. Once you set mini-deadlines, you can gauge if you are on track with your desired outcome or if you need to make adjustments along the way. Making adjustments, in a timely manner, allows you to meet your overall goal of completing a successful project.
Milestones also show where you are in relation to your final destination. They keep you motivated to continue along your path. Imagine you are driving on vacation to a place where you know you will have fun and relaxation; you just need to get there. You see the sign that says, “15 miles to your desired location.” You become excited and continue on knowing that you are almost to your destination. Reaching each milestone for your project will keep you excited and motivated until you reach the end. Plan to celebrate each milestone as this will keep you motivated to get to the next one.
Break it down into smaller pieces
So we have determined that the successful completion of a project begins with having the end in mind and setting a deadline. Then you created your signposts to let you know you are on the right track and to keep you motivated. Now, let’s get down to actually working through the project.
Creating a webinar is an example of a project you may want to accomplish. Some of the milestones may include determining an audience and a topic, setting the date, creating the content, creating a landing page for the webinar, creating the follow-up email campaign, presenting the webinar and creating a follow-up strategy to name a few.
Now take your milestone of determining a topic that appeals and is needed by your target audience. How do you know what they want and what topic will provide information that is needed and positions you as an expert? Some of the tasks involved in determining a topic may include:
~ reviewing your emails or blogs for questions from your audience
~ researching what your target audience needs
~ creating a survey to determine what your customers want
By breaking the project down into smaller tasks, you create momentum. When you complete a task you move closer to the completion of your project. Momentum is important when you are working toward a goal. It is important to have consistent “mini wins” to feel successful. Success breeds success and keeps you from becoming overwhelmed by your project.
So the next time you feel that your path is blocked, take a step back and see where you are. Look for the next step toward achieving what you want. After all, it is by taking that one little step that you can often seeing your way “out of the woods.” Keep moving forward and you will reach your destination faster and with greater ease.
So what projects are you working on?
Values are a key component of how we think, what we believe and how we show up in the world. When you create you life and business based on what you value, you experience greater connection and passion.
What is Important to you Changes on a Regular Basis
Interestingly, your values can also be a window into how you are feeling on a particular day and thus what is important to you right at this moment. So for fun, take a look and share what are the first 3 words you see. Are you surprised? OR did they reinforce what you already know is going on for you right now. Share what you see and your reaction to it. Consider how you might use this as you move through your day. ENJOY!
Today, I invite you to step into being GREAT. To connect with people in a bigger way, to live today with just a little more passion. To pick a goal that you thought was a little too big and take 1 step toward it.
Everyone is born with innate greatness and when you connect to that AND live into it- WOW! that is where the juice of life is and when the magic happens. Try it on for today and then perhaps tomorrow and then….
Enjoy your wonderful fantastic day!
Living each day with intention is a core focus of mine. I begin everyday in my hot tub where I think about how I want to experience my day. I review what I am going to do that day, who I am going to connect with and how I want to FEEL about all of my interactions. And I literally, set my focus for the day thorough my intentions. And since these intentions are positive (such as feeling connected, productive or creative…), my day starts off in a positive manner.
It is as if I am setting my map for the day. However, I don’t just leave the rest of my day to chance. I check in throughout the day to make sure I am on course with my intentions and to reconnect if I have gone off-course (for example, if I intended to feel creative and am a bit stuck, I will do something that helps me be creative.) I also set mini-intentions before each call I make, before each class I teach, and before each interaction I have so I can feel aligned. This allows me to show up fully present.
So what is your intention for your day?
Thought I would do something fun for today, the 23rd of the month. Here are some reasons why 23 is the greatest number of all time as stated by www.urbandictionary.com I changed # 8 to It is Tennis Day because that is important to me (see my blog post on “Why I am addicted to Professional Tennis”) and #12 because, come on, we all need to celebrate International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. Enjoy!
Here are 23 Reasons why 23 is the greatest number: It is…
1. a prime number, as are 2 and 3.
2. Michael Jordan’s number.
3. the NBA record for most consecutive points scored by a single player in a game, done by none other than Michael Jordan.
4. the number of chromosomes in a human sperm or egg.
5. the angle between the earth’s magnetic and rotational axis.
6. the Tropic of Cancer at 23 degrees N Latitude.
7. the Tropic of Capricorn at 23 degrees S Latitude.
8. Tennis Day
9. the most quoted Psalm in the bible (“The Lord is my shepherd…”
10. the number of people executed in “A Tale of Two Cities”
11. the smallest number of people for which there is at least a 50% chance that two will share the same birthday.
12. International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
13. one of the “Lost” numbers on the television show….also the sum of two of the other numbers (8 & 15)and the solution to 42-15-4=23, all of which are also Lost numbers.
14. the number of times Caesar was stabbed in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
15. has been prominently featured in the following: Serendipity, Futurama, Star Wars A New Hope, Monty Python The Life of Brian, Seinfeld, The Big Lebowski, The Matrix Reloaded, and Die Hard III among MANY MANY other movies.
16. the number of flavors Dr. Pepper claims to be a blend of.
17. the number of distinct orientations of Tetris pieces.
18. the sum of U2, the greatest band ever. U is the 21st letter of the alphabet.
19. the number of letters in the latin alphabet.
20. the number of the Illuminati.
21. the letter W in the english alphabet, a letter with 2 points down and 3 points up.
22. the smallest number of integer sided boxes that tile a box such that no two boxes share a common length.
23. the only US president to serve between nonconsecutive terms of another president (23rd president Benjamin Harrison serving between Grover Cleveland’s terms).
Good morning! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are ready to tackle our last week of the Blog-A-Day Challenge. Time to play with some other mediums as I have seen some of our bloggers doing. Think also about creating a way to have people connect with you beyond the challenge (special report, a webinar etc).