Have you ever been around someone who constantly talks about how busy they are? There’s so much work to be done yet not much ever gets accomplished. The conversations revolve around all the things on the list instead of actually working on them.
This thought process becomes a repetitive cycle of perceived busyness versus being productive. So how do you break the cycle?
As we move into 2020, the resolutions will likely fail and we’ll fall back into bad habits. I know that sounds negative but the statistics about New Year’s resolutions are pretty bleak. Instead of another post about setting resolutions, I thought I’d share 3 steps to get started on your next accomplishment.
1) DREAM IT
Sit back and dream about the goal you want to accomplish. Let yourself go and think about what’s next for you. Maybe you already have that dream in your mind and put it off because other things constantly jump in the way. You might come up with something new once you take a little time to open your mind and dream.
Tip: Pull out a piece of paper and jot it all down. All of it. Everything. No idea is a bad one. Then assess. Circle or highlight the things that are most important to you and narrow them down to the thing you want to accomplish the most.
2) PLAN IT
I’m a planner at heart. I’ll sit in my kitchen on a Saturday morning and plan out my kids’ activities, my next big goal, or the grocery run. I enjoy planning. Some people don’t and that’s OK. It might not be your thing. A plan can be simple, especially if you don’t enjoy the planning part. A plan that is written out is more likely to see action than something whirling in your mind. Create a plan that will serve as your roadmap to success.
Tip: Take the dream you identified and add it to the top of a paper or in soft copy. Write/type the top 3 tasks you need to do to accomplish the next step of the goal. I like to add a square next to the tasks so I can check it off when it’s completed. That feels good! Keep it simple so it doesn’t overwhelm you.
3) DO IT
This step can be the hardest part. Taking action. It can also be the most motivating part when you take action. Set aside some time to work on your plan, even if it’s a few minutes a day. I get it’s hard to squeeze time in. I have a full-time job, two kids, the hubs, and many things pulling at me. I’m also ruthless with my time and make time for the things I need and want to get done. Get ruthless with your time! It’s yours to manage.
Tip: Schedule time that you can work on your project. Talk with your significant other about helping with the kids while you’re working on your plan. If you’re solo, think about when and where you can squeeze out time for yourself. When I started studying for my Project Management Professional certification, it seemed impossible to squeeze out 2-3 hours a day for studying. It was possible and it is for you!
So what is your dream? Your next accomplishment is just a few steps away. Break the busyness cycle by taking action with your plan. Keep at it, even when it feels tough and you want to give up. One step at a time is all you need.
Courage is not having the strength to go on;
it is going on when you don’t have the strength.
~ Theodore Roosevelt