The time you spend working on your goals, project or career may be sneakily interrupted by tiny focus breakers that do a lot of damage. You know you’ve been there: you’re working on something difficult and need a short break. You decide to check your email and before you know it, 30 minutes have gone by and your train of thought, and work flow have been completely devastated.
By tracking what you do every time you switch tasks at work or when focusing on your personal projects, you can see exactly what’s busting up your focus and stealing your dreams.
Your habits are what make you, you! Your habit of thinking and acting a certain way, of doing and not doing certain things, and of reacting and acting in predictable ways.
If you want to become your ideal self, you must take on the habits that person would have.
Plant Your Garden
Weeds have the power to choke out your harvest if you allow them to run rampant in your garden. Likewise, busy, unnecessary work has the ability to choke out your energy and time if you allow yourself to be drawn into it all day. That’s why you must look at your daily to-do list as a garden that you’re getting ready to plant. Use the following exercise to identify the weeds in your day and to create a plan to suffocate them.
We all have tasks that we dread doing. When you dread something enough, you may be tempted to put it off until the very last minute. Unfortunately, this can result in the need to rush and not do your best work when you finally get around to it. In some cases, you may never even start the task you’re supposed to handle – which leaves you feeling guilty and eats up a lot of mental overhead.
Short-Term Goal Sheet
Sure you have grand long-term goals, but you should also have lofty short-term goals for yourself. Not only can these help you see and appreciate the positive changes in your life that you’re working so hard for, they also serve as a checkpoint for your progress. Complete this sheet twice a year to outline all of your goals for that term.
Every task you undertake has its own level of difficulty, effort, and time line for completion. Some tasks are simple and can be finished quickly – giving you an almost immediate, satisfying notch on your to-do list. Others require lots of time, focus and hard work. By defining the tasks you have to complete and separating them out by effort, importance and reward, you can more effectively manage your time and leverage your tasks to get the most satisfaction.
To The Surface
You have many underlying emotions, needs, desires and frustrations. This exercise will help you get in touch with those hidden issues and bring them to the surface so you can deal with them.
Every day – even the bad ones – contains an intricate network of small victories that you should be proud of. Each day also holds a little something to be grateful for – and the ability to recognize that is a win in itself. Complete this sheet daily in order to identify those wins and positive, uplifting points in your day.
Weekly Victory Playbook
When you want to achieve success, you don’t hope for victory – you plan for it. Each week, use this schedule and questionnaire to identify your key goals, create an action plan for achieving them, and to track and assess your progress.
Use the Outside to See Within
The way we see ourselves isn’t necessarily the way others see us. Sometimes, it’s really helpful to get a glimpse at what others observe in our behavior because it can clue us in on strengths and weaknesses we didn’t know we had. Have people send you a list of strengths, weaknesses, and untapped potential.
Conquer Your Fears
Weaknesses are often the result of fears we harbor. In this exercise, you’ll explore your five biggest fears and come up with ways to conquer them so you can move forward with your career and your life.
Like values, our beliefs motivate us and impact our results. We collect our beliefs, usually subconsciously, from our friends, family, society and from our experiences. Explore some of your beliefs by completing the following:
Empower Your Work Day
When you work for someone else and you aren’t completely happy with your career, each day can feel like a miserable slog. If you work for yourself but your career isn’t going the way you want it to, that can make the days feel like they’re less under your control and more under the control of your customers. Take back the power in your day!
Do you find your focus constantly interrupted by kids, coworkers, email – or even yourself? Interruptions don’t just steal time from you; they can completely ruin an important train of thought and set your projects back by days. Track the interruptions and find a common theme and prevent them from coming up again.
You can learn and grow at an accelerated rate by attempting things that fall outside of your comfort zone. By continually expanding your comfort zone, you will uncover new possibilities that you couldn’t even fathom in the past.
Reprioritizing Your Career
What gives your career momentum and motivates you to greater professional heights? If you aren’t sure, then you need to take the time to get to know yourself so that you can learn how to re-prioritize your career.
7 Day Mental Diet
Thought is the real causative force in life, and there is no other. You cannot have one kind of mind and another kind of environment. This means you can cannot change your environment while leaving your mind unchanged, nor can you change your mind without your environment changing too.