“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”
Do you suffer from a syndrome called, “The Next Shiny Thing?” Okay, so it’s really not a proven syndrome but something I’ve definitely seen with clients I’ve coached and dealt with myself!
The root cause tends to be a lack of focus. This lack of focus then makes us vulnerable to hop from one idea to another for our business… one task to another in our office… one chore to another in our home… one choice to another in our relationships… to the point where we don’t know where we started, what was accomplished, or where we will end up!
If you tend to struggle with going after the next new shiny thing frequently, try these tips to get you grounded, focused, and to start seeing results:
1. Get Clear About What You Want. Trying to make a decision? List out your options and the “pluses and minuses” to each. Ask yourself, “Does this decision feel right? How will I feel about in 30 days, 3 months, and 3 years? Is it moving me to where I want to be?”
2. Get Moving. Once you have everything laid out in front of you, it’s time to do what is sometimes the hardest part… taking action. The point is to move out of the holding pattern and do something! Once you step over that line and get moving, you are creating momentum that will build and build with ease.
3. Embrace Structure. Whether you use a smart phone calendar or the old fashioned kind (which by the way I miss!) start planning out your weeks in advance. For example, if you need to market your new business, schedule in a portion of each day, week, and month for specific marketing responsibilities. If you want to release weight for good, schedule exercise and planned meals into your calendar. If you are always late on your bills, schedule in 30 minutes every Friday to handle all things related to your finances. Setting structure allows for every task to have it’s place and prevents procrastination!
4. Congratulate Yourself! If you love rewards and contests, create a carrot at the end of each day to look forward to or a special treat once a project is over. It’s okay to have fun while getting focused!
Wishes to you for a happy day!