Raise your hand if this is you: I have all the beautiful plans in the world, but no execution skills.
Me too, sis. I had to work on this because #goals and you can’t build a business on, I don’t know, dicking around on Canva or counting the likes on your Facebook post.
Don’t get me wrong, creating beautiful images and getting your social media noticed has its’ place, but I’m talking about that big to-do list that seems interminable.
The one you take the easiest tasks off, and hardly ever touch the big, scary, annoying, or just plain yucky ones.
Why do we struggle with this?
Well, there’s good reasons. It’s overwhelming. It’s not exciting. It’s draining and there’s a lot of pressure attached. And why should life be about that?
Here are three things I’ve learned on this journey (particularly in the past 6 months or so) that have helped me achieve goals. I hope this helped hold you accountable to your goals this year!
I banned my to-do list: Seriously, I am done with the huge, endless to do list. It doesn’t serve me at all and makes me want to stay away from my workspace, or it gets me obsessed with checking stupid little things off my list that don’t move the needle in my business. Instead, I got intentional with my time.
“I have two hours to work on my business,” has become “I have two hours. I’ll set my timer for 45 minutes to do all my Pinterest work for the week, then take a 15 minute break, and then I’ll write 2 blog posts.”
I took even smaller steps: This one is scary. After all, we want to get to our goals faster, not slower. If you are biting off more than you can chew, however, you might be inclined to give up completely, and that’s not helpful to anyone. What are the smallest action steps you can take and build into your days consistently? I find that when I work with moms, this step is super important because our days never really look the same. Our children and our home are our highest priorities, so each day can be planned to perfection and still look like shit by 10:00 am. Look at tasks you do daily, for example, that you know move the needle forward in your business, and ask yourself if it can be even smaller so that it will get done every day, no matter what.
I talked to myself more. Not really in the creepy way (but kind of), I checked in with myself more. I don’t know about you, but I was never taught HOW to look within, and figure out what I want for myself. For some people, it looks like journaling. For others, it looks like a visualization exercise, or a meditation, or a workout all alone. You have to know what you want your life to look like, and learn how to set up your action steps so that the stairway you’re climbing leads directly to that life. Attach yourself to your vision every day by doing one of these things.
If you want to learn how to be more intentional with your time, my Time Management Guide is full of awesome tips and worksheets that will help you hold yourself accountable to your goals. Grab it here and come back to let me know how it’s working for you!