Attacking My Days & Habits 1 Day at a Time
"ACTION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS"
"Discipline Is Remembering What You Want" -- CLARITY. PURPOSE. INTENTIONAL ACTS. PAUSE to remember what's important. Persevere.
#1 Know Why It Is Important …Knowing and remembering the importance of a goal or task will help you in meeting the challenge of following through even when your “mojo” is just not there. Choose goals that are important to you. PLAN my day and WORK my PLAN!
• I commit to the structure of exercising 30 minutes + every day because I want to get rid of stress, sleep better and be healthy and in a better mood.
• I commit to the structure of doing timesheets and working on billing for 30 min daily because I want to have steady cash flow and have a successful business. I want to have money to travel to Europe, Asia and Africa.
- I commit to stop responding to email ad hoc and emptying my email box daily. Instead I put into place a system for processing and responding to my email at set times because (1) I want to carve out undisturbed time for my more thoughtful work and (2) I want to be a dependable colleague.
- I commit to the structure of returning business calls within 24 hours because I want to be a dependable colleague.
- I commit to the structure of doing 8+ billable hours daily because I want to get the work done and have a succesful business.
- REMEMBER #2 Set Boundaries & Be Okay With Others' Displeasure. You Don’t Need Everyone’s Support. You won't be able to please all people all time.
- Dave calls on cell phone, asking for a response to an email he sent 1/2 an hour ago. “Dave, I’m working on this filing deadline right now. I’ll be able to look at the email by 11:00 and can respond then.”
- “Bob, I did notice your call yesterday and it definitely is important to me, but I had a full plate. I always try to get to people in 24 hours.”
- #3 REMEMBER - I Will Likely Hit A Wall and it seems like nothing is working. The excitement and hopefulness of finding a way to work with my time issues, procrastination habits, ADHD, etc. starts to wear off. I MUST PERSEVERE
If I can anticipate this challenging middle part, hopefully I will recognize it as just part of the journey.
At this point I can
- Strategize the best way to move forward.
- Alternatively, I may decide to alter my goals, if I decide they are not the right ones.
So, when the going gets tough, I should NOT go it alone or give up. Instead, reach out and strategize with…
- a friend or family member (who can I call? V or K?)
- my accountability partner SE
- a coach or therapist (hire one if needed