The weeks that I don’t have any food prepped, or my projects aren't broken down into actionable steps, are the weeks when I feel stressed, overwhelmed, and unproductive. These are the times that, if you were to look at me, you'd see someone very busy— but not fulfilled, and certainly not calm.
Can you relate?
I’ve spent hours reading books and taking courses on organization so I could increase my productivity and my happiness. The problem was I would never stick to the plan. I would start it and then I would eventually quit. I would come up with all kinds of justified reasons aka excuses.
Ultimately, I discovered that I had a belief that if I did block scheduling, I would lose my freedom. I thought would be put in a box and never have any flexibility or time for fun.
This was my belief and that's why no matter how hard I tried with whatever new planner or system I could find, I could never follow through.
If you're finding it difficult to follow through on your tasks or goals and you don’t know why, I invite you to look at your beliefs, and your story. Oftentimes, we are too close to our own story to see our hidden beliefs, and that is why I recommend reaching out to a coach for support.
After I worked with my coach on uncovering my hidden beliefs around planning, what I found was that I was able to create a plan and stick to it.
I was able to enjoy the process, have more time to enjoy my free time. And, I didn’t waste any time worrying about things because I could trust my plan.
The first step is to make sure you schedule time in your calendar to do the planning.
This may seem like a simple step. However, most people try to squeeze in the time to schedule and then they get overwhelmed. I recommend setting up time in your calendar that is recurring.
At the end of each month, I plan for the entire month ahead and I reflect upon the last month. What can I celebrate? What were some of my challenges? What are things I would like to do differently? This usually takes me about an hour.
I do all of my weekly planning on Sunday. I grab a cup of coffee and pull out my planner and online calendar. And I take the monthly goals and break them down into smaller steps and prioritize the top tasks that absolutely must be done. This usually takes me under 30 minutes. And it sets me up for the week.
Then at the beginning of each day, I take a few minutes to review my calendar and fill out my planner. Since I have already done the monthly and weekly planning it only takes me 5 minutes to plan my day.
The next step is to create a schedule that energetically works for you.
This is so important. We are all so different. Some of us are energized in the morning and some at night. Take a look at when you are feeling your best.
When are you the most creative?
I recommend batching. So if you are writing a blog, then surround that time with creative tasks such as social media posts, videos, etc. Or if you are doing a talk, what can you schedule that would give you some downtime but still be productive?
If you schedule too many extrovert activities together you could set yourself up for burnout. Likewise, if you do several days of work behind your computer and you don’t get out then you can start to feel like a hermit.
When you know your limits and look at scheduling from an energetic perspective then you will feel calmer and at ease.
“Setting goals is the first step towards turning the invisible into the visible”
– Tony Robbins
By making your goals SMART you are following a formula that works and you are setting yourself up for success.
Ask yourself these questions:
Think of SMART goals as the roadmap to get you there. When I started implementing SMART goals I found that my business grew and I was able to help my clients improve as well.
Reaching out for support can feel like a stretch for most of us.
We are used to doing things ourselves and we don’t want to intrude or bother other people. Oftentimes, this is a story that we tell ourselves or a belief that is not true.
Most people love helping others and I’ve found in this time of our lives that we are craving more connection. Do you have an accountability partner? A best friend or people that can hold support you and hold you accountable?
If you are wanting more connection with a tribe of women who are looking to uplevel their health and have more peace and vitality, I invite you to book a free 15-minute coaching call here.
What if you don’t have time to plan, cook, or reflect?
Do you have a backup plan?
Do you have some shortcuts?
What if it’s raining outside and you can’t go for your walk? Or something takes you longer than you expected? I find that most things take me longer than expected and the best way to avoid feeling behind is to anticipate it.
Put some time in your calendar for catching up.
This way you will have a blocked amount of time to follow up on the items that you didn’t complete.
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