So do I!
The problem comes when I make a list of all the stuff I want to do, and all things I want to accomplish in my business, and in my personal life this year. I take a look at it, and get kind of overwhelmed.
First of all, I feel really far behind from last year (and my last quarter specifically). Second, I have just had some really huge changes in my life, and so now is the time I want to really shine. I want to prove to myself that I can do this. Third, I simply have a lot I want to accomplish this year.
It’s all about Priorities! Creating a Weekly, Monthly, and Quarterly Road Map
Little by little, a little becomes a lot!
Over the holiday, I sat down and created a really huge list of things that I want to accomplish (a brain dump of sorts). I looked at things I want to accomplish both in business, and in my life.
Looking at the list all by itself is just completely overwhelming! So I am starting to break it down and set Weekly, Monthly and Quarterly goals and projects. I have a ways to go to get it all mapped out, but I’m seeing progress… a road map of sorts to where I want to end up by New Years Eve 2016.
I am creating time blocks for myself, so that I know on Mondays, I work on ecomm, Wednesday is my writing day and so on. This way, I can be working on several different projects all at the same time and more will get accomplished.
We can’t do everything all at once, it doesn’t work that way. It’s about baby steps.
It is very easy when you are working online, and working from home to get distracted and lose focus. For example, getting on Facebook, email and social media first thing in the morning can kill a good portion of my day. I know this and yet I catch myself doing it all the time!
One of my mentors, Lynn Terry suggests that you get up in the morning and start with 1 Money Task, and 3 Top Priorities. This makes so much sense to me. Even if you get nothing else accomplished in the day, you have done something to make progress in your business.
I have really been working on getting that minimum done daily, FIRST THING! I am going to make this into a habit, so it just feels like a natural way to start the day. Ideally I want to get a lot more accomplished than that, but that is the minimum.
My niece had given me a cute Christmas gift, a paper mousepad. Just for quick notes, doodles when you’re on the phone or whatever else. It actually works pretty good as a mouse pad and I like always having some paper handy to quick jot something down.
I went and checked on Amazon, they actually have one that is a 5 day a week planner (that’s my link) and one that is like a to-do list with space for all of the calls, emails, etc that you need to make.
I think I am gonna get me some! They are a great idea, save space on your desk, and are a pretty cool organizational tool. Plus I love having a scratch pad right there (because I am always trying to find something to write on.)
Creating Checklist for Daily Tasks
We all have things that we need to get done everyday, without fail. But, if you’re like me, sometimes we (I) fail just because we (I) get so busy we (I) forget until I’m dragging my tired self off to bed at the end of the day. Then I realize I can’t go to bed until it’s done.
Ideally I will like to outsource these very repetitive tasks, but for now I have create a checklist. Just really quick and easy in excel. Listing all the things that I need to check on/complete on a daily basis. I made a section for business items, and for personal items.
Finding different ways of doing things
There are things that I have been working on for what seems like forever. I am just spinning my wheels, and not feeling like I am even getting anywhere with it.
The big one here, for me, is my bookkeeping. It is a HUGE PITA (Pain in the A$$), but a very essential task to running a (profitable) business.
I have been looking into different ways to get this accomplished with a lot more ease and speed. Through reaching out, doing so some networking, and asking for help I think there may be a solution at hand (and I am super excited about that).
If what you’re doing isn’t working… Do something else!!
Sometimes it is important to take a step back and say…. ok this is total B.S., what can I do to make this better?!
Find some Good Accountability Partners
Find some good accountability partners that you connect with regularly. I have found that this helps me a lot. I have a few, and I really find that just even having to “report in” with that person helps to keep me on task and focused.
One is for my personal weight goals. That person is actually my mom. I check in with her every single morning. It (she) has REALLY helped me to have that accountability every day! As of this morning, I have lost 75 pounds in just over 5 months.
The other is for my business. This isn’t a “formal” accountability thing. A good friend of mine and I keep each other focused. Just a few minutes a day to say to talk about what we’re working on and again, it just really helps me to maintain my focus.
I fully plan on having a breakthrough year. Reaching new heights in my personal life, and in business!
We are already 8 full days into 2016! I do NOT want to blink and find out it’s already June 8th (the older I get the faster that seems to happen).
What about you? Are you planning for a successful year? What are you doing to keep yourself on target and laser focused to accomplish your goals and priorities? How can I help? I would love to hear about it.
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