It’s time we start thinking differently about time.
Imagine what life would look like if you gave 100% or even 85% of what you know you could? I’m not talking about the hustle phenomenon or not sleeping but I’m talking about the choices we make in our everyday lives.
We normally go through the motions, feeling comfortable and giving a small percentage of what we’re truly capable of.
During the holiday season, I read the book The 12 Week Year and although I knew a majority of the content that was shared... what it did was change my mindset in how much can be accomplished if I decided to stop making excuses and start doing what I say I’m going to.
Well, in 10 days I accomplished more than I had in 2 months and the best part is... I wasn’t burnt out.
Many people think that planning and organizing is something that is limiting... something that makes you feel trapped. The truth is, when you’re aware of and in control of your time, it’s the most freeing thing there is.
That being said, I decided that I was going to come up with a 6 week sprint.
What is a 6 week sprint exactly?
6 weeks, where I give life my all. I eliminate excuses and I go after what I need to make progress in my personal and professional life.
So, what does this 6 week sprint entail for me?
Being grain and dairy free
Sticking to a customized workout schedule
Consistently showing up for myself and my teams at work
That’s it. It’s that simple.
A 6 week sprint might seem like a lot but I’m going to share with you 4 things to keep in mind when doing one. These are also great rules to implement when you’re trying to make any change in your life; big or small.
Set Yourself Up For Success
The best way to set yourself up for success is to make a plan and be specific. If you’ve already downloaded my vision to action workbook, you know the power of creating a plan that you’ll be able to implement and what happens when you follow through.
Being vague about what you want to do, won’t get you anywhere.
You need to be honest with yourself about where you are now and then create a feasible plan to get where you want to be.
One of the best ways to make sure that you’re setting yourself up for success is doing the pre-work. Planning out exactly what you’re looking to achieve, why, and the exact steps you’ll need to take.
Another way to set yourself up for suggest is do the research. We all know that knowledge is power so instead of walking in blind... feel comfortable in making informed decisions.
If you’re want to be gluten-free, buy a recipe book. If you want to become a better entrepreneur, read articles or books by those who have already done it.
Schedule It Out
When you don’t take control of your day, your day takes control of you. If you’re planning on making changes... schedule it out. Put it down on the calendar what you want to do and when you plan on doing it.
I have three different work buckets and you would think that juggling all of the responsibility would be a lot but when you take time to put it all down on paper and see what needs to happen for progress, it gets easier.
My top planning tools are the Self Journal, Asana and Google Calendar. With these three things, I’m able to look at all the tasks I have to do, the time I have in the day and I’m also make sure to schedule in self-care.
Putting the most important things on the calendar first allows for me to always make sure that my non-negotiables (like my morning routine, working out, etc.) don’t get pushed to the wayside.
Make It Easy
Let’s be honest. If you’re currently waking up at 9am and you want to start waking up at 5... setting an alarm clock just won’t cut it. That’s not an easy (or realistic) goal. Instead, make your goals easy so that you don’t get discouraged.
Wake up “5 minutes earlier” each day until you’re able to get your body and mind accustomed to the new changes.
If you’re looking to stop eating sweets, don’t have them in your house.
If you want to spend less time on your phone, turn off your notifications and delete the apps that distract you.
Make your new habits easy to attain until you get into the routine and it becomes second nature. Decision fatigue is real and the more decisions we have to make about something, the harder it becomes.
Make your choices as easy as possible because at the end of the day. It’s all about small wins.
The more small wins you’re able to celebrate and the more motivated you will feel to continue.
Think About The Person You Want To Become
When it comes to creating new habits, intrinsic motivation is your strongest cheerleader. You don’t want to wake up every morning at 6am... you want to be the kind of person who is excited enough about life to choose to wake up early and chase your dream.
Change your narrative so you don’t think only about the habits you’re trying to implement but think about the person that you want to become. Ask yourself... what does the best version of you look like? What choices would they make? Are you currently aligned with that vision and what do you have to do to change it?
So, my challenge for you today is to think about what your life would look like if you decided to step out of your comfort zone. What would you be willing to do (or set aside) for only 6 weeks to get that much close to where you want to be in life?
Let me know below!