What is the top goal you have for yourself? Do you need to find a new job? Stress less? Earn more money?
Okay, sit quietly. Be aware of your breath for thirty seconds and decide to release all that you don’t need. Then visualize and feel the feeling you will get once you have accomplished your most important goal.
Got that feeling? That picture? Hold onto it. Breathe it in, savor it. Breathe out and let it go.
Now, make a to-do list for today, or this week. On it, include at least two important tasks that you can do that will help you get closer to your most important goal.
Look at your calendar. How can you make time today, or this week to get at least two of your goal related items started? How much time can you give the important goal item today, or this week? Start small if you need to. Even fifteen minutes can be a great start!
Consider all of your time and how you spend it:
What things do you have to do (obligations and commitments) today or this week? Are they important? Must you do these things? Do you want to do them? Can they wait?
Are there less important things on your to-do list (or on your calendar) that can be postponed or eliminated?
What less important things can you delegate or request of others?
Allocate time to work toward your goals. I don’t care if it’s think time, or gym time, or updating your resume; it doesn’t matter what it is. Schedule the time and stick to it, even if it’s only 15 minutes.
At the end of this process, remember the feeling of satisfaction, happiness, ease, (whatever it is) that you felt when you pictured yourself having accomplished your goal. Enjoy it again.
Take a deep breath and get to work. Start your day. At the end of each day, ask yourself, did I invest time into the activities that are most important to me and will further my goals?
If yes, give yourself a pat on the back. If not, ask why not? What is getting in my way? What can I shift or change in my life (or in my mindset) that will allow me to get to work on the things that what I care about?
Tomorrow, try it again. Your time is your currency. Invest it well.