A lot of people work by lists and calendars. Some are dependent on them. Are these effective?
Do you look at a list at the start of the day and already identify what you do not wish to do? Does your calendar block off time in such a way that you feel like you are accomplishing something, but you are not?
We thought so.
Whether working with a self-employed person, an athlete, a patient, or a business, we find 9/10 times that everyone believes by having lists and/or a filled out calendar they are in the act of accomplishing things. Truth be told, this may be true in some cases, but for the vast majority these tools diminish the quality and aim of what really needs be achieved.
So, what to do then?
Plan weekly, monthly and even bigger time allotted goals.
Then, break each day down so that you are doing at least 50% of things that inspire and push you to succeed. Do daily things that provide results.
What about setting aside a whole day to do all the things you hate but are priority tasks? Never. Break them down into manageable amounts of time and by the end of the week it will be finished and you will have not spent any negative energy towards accomplishing them.
There is always a reason for a priority task; it is a little step in the big picture. Do it with pride and do not wallow in the negative aspects of it.
One of the biggest things in life that people neglect in their BIG PICTURE is Health. Make it a part of the plan.
Do you put yourself in your schedule? 30 minutes a day on your own personal development will add up over the course of a week, a month, a year. What is it you want to accomplish that your daily work is not? This is a priority. Treat it as such.
Every part of your day has purpose. Even (especially!) sleep.
Spend 10 minutes at the end of your work or personal day and reflect on what you did. How can you make tomorrow better? If you had a bad day, look forward and be excited. If you can’t make each day enjoyable and productive, perhaps it is time to change gears. A great way to do this is to ask yourself hard questions such as: when was the last time work made you happy, are you invested fully as a parent, are you doing everything possible to ensure you return to being healthy and vibrant, are you putting off an important decision, why?, etc.
We chose how we live. We dictate how circumstances create outcomes.
As Bobby McFerrin sings, “Don’t worry, be happy.” Tomorrow you get a start fresh to make that day the best one yet.
And finally, in the words of Anthony Robbins, “You have the power to change in an instant.”