Here are my top three tools to keep on track:
First: Schedule Everything
This works for everyone, whether you are running a business, running a family, or both! The power of getting things done is to make time for it. This includes self-care, business development, client work, sitting down and doing homework with your kids… I have an annual wall calendar, which gives me a quick view of my year at a glance. I also have my goals broken down into quarters and months. Lastly, I have my months broken down into weeks and my weeks broken down into days.
Second: Work in Time Blocks
Another way to get things done is to work in time blocks. As you can see from my daily schedule above, I already have my day broken down into big blocks. But to be even more focused, I use a timer to work in 15- and 30-minute increments.
If you have an egg timer, use that. Or use the timer on your phone. If I am working on my computer, I use an online stopwatch.
It doesn’t matter which tool you use: just use one. The power of focus that you get when you give yourself 15 to 30 minutes to work on something is what will get you towards achieving your goals. Also…I find that the idea of having permission to stop after 15 minutes makes a big goal seem less daunting. Baby steps.
Third: Be Thankful
A few years ago, I started keeping a gratitude journal. I also start my meditation practice with a moment thinking of things I am grateful for. It doesn’t need to be big. It could be as simple as having an excellent cup of coffee or someone letting you merge in traffic. And it could be being grateful for a new or returning client.
These are simple, but effective ways to get yourself focused and on track to Carpe Your Year!