The question I get the most by friends and family? “How do you get so much done?” I think the answers would surprise most people. I don’t work ridiculous hours. I don’t multi-task like a mad women.
While so many are trying to turn over a new leaf for the new year, I wanted to share with you exactly how I get things done, so in a three part series, I’m going to share with you all my secrets.
One caveat… These things work for me for three reason. First, they suit my goals, my lifestyle, and my personality. Second, I use them consistently. Third, I never go it alone.
If you decide to try something new, pick just one new thing and make it work for you before you dive into something else. It’s taken me 26 years to build my system, and it’s still a work in progress.
Change doesn’t happen overnight. It happens with intention and consistency over time.
My Vision Statement
First things first. What do you want? Answer this: If you won the lottery, what would your life look like? Move past all the things you would do on your bucket list and all the things you would buy. Think about what your day to day life would be.
Where would you live? What would you do? Who would you spend your time with?
You know what is standing between you and that life? It isn’t money. It’s fear. Maybe you’re afraid of what people will think. Maybe you’re afraid you don’t deserve it. Maybe you’re afraid of failure.
Fear is ok. Fear is normal. To paraphrase Elizabeth Gilbert, it should be in the car with you, but don’t let it drive.
Spend some time taking that dream life and make it concrete. Give yourself a vision statement of what your life will be like in ten years. Then make a list of everything you need to do to get from here to there.
Break those down into tangible SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-based) goals for 2019. Then create a vision statement for the year ahead. We’ll talk more later about how those translate into tangible items in your planner. 🙂
Never go it alone. God didn’t build us that way. We’re made to rely on each other. I understand that many people *feel* alone, but it never has to be that way.
Remember…. I’m speaking from experience. There were several years that the only person I trusted was my Alanon sponsor, but there was at least someone in my life that I could talk to, someone to hold me accountable and call me out on my BS. If you don’t feel like you have anyone, find a support group. I guarantee you there is one for your situation.
If you have a career goal, share it with a trusted boss or teacher. Ask him/her to mentor you. For other goals, find someone who has already walked the path you want to walk, and ask for their help. Priest. Trainer. Organic Farmer. You would be surprised how many people would love to mentor someone!
Believe me… It gives the mentor just as much as they give, because the deepest human desire is self-fulfillment. We love to share our knowledge and experience. We really do!
If you’ve searched and searched and can’t find anyone, email me. I’ll help you!
If you don’t have a planner, get one. I’ve used several over the years, and I’ve included some links below for planners I’ve used in the past. My current planner is the Best Planner Ever from Jennifer Dawn, but I’ve used several different planners along the way.
- Best Planner Ever
- Passion Planner
- The Emergent Task Planner
- Bullet Journal
- Franklin Covey Daily Planner
- Sacred Ordinary Days Planner
The best advice I can give you when it comes to a planner is don’t get too attached. If your planner isn’t working for you, dump it. If it stops working for you, dump it. A planner only works if you use it. If you aren’t using it or it doesn’t allow you to track your goals, it’s useless.
Remember that vision statement? Use your planner to break your 2019 vision statement into 90 day goals. Then, add priority tasks into your planner that will help you achieve those goals. Spend at least 10 minutes every day on each of your 90 day goals.
That’s more than enough to get you started. Remember to take your time. This is a marathon not a sprint. Change takes time and consistency. Rushing it only sets you up for failure.
In the next installment, I’m going to share with you the daily practices I’ve developed to help maintain my energy and my focus. Between now and then, what are you going to do to make your life wonderful?