We’re only a week into 2017, but I'm sure you can already feel the change of air all around us. This is the time when everyone rethinks what they want to accomplish for the next twelve months and trying to figure what resolutions they have or what they want to put into play.
I’ll be honest… I’m someone who is constantly setting new goals and habits for myself because I truly believe that we should always be in a state of growth but the past few days I had a realization.
It is time to shift from a “thinking” mindset to a “doing” mindset.
Odds are, if you’re a creative entrepreneur who works alone or has a small team, you go through a cycle of having 20 amazing ideas, wanting to start all of them, not having enough time, start half way and then the cycle begins again.
No worries, I’m the same way.
With a mind that goes at 500 mph, it’s easy to get caught up and then end up with long to-do lists where the same items keep getting pushed off. But I’ve found a solution that I want to share with all of you. So, I dare you to make this rule for yourself, try it out for a week and see what happens.
Do not go to sleep until you’ve completed everything that you put on your to-do list for the day.
So, what does this mean and why should you do it? It will lead to three things.
You won't set unrealistic expectations for yourself.
It’s so easy to think that we can accomplish a million things in the day but it’s important to slow down and realize that we are only human. That balance is necessary and that it will all get done if you go about it in the right way.
You focus on actions that will lead to results.
Whether you have a huge project in the works or a lot of different initiatives that you have to balance… break it down and figure out what matters most. Set up your planner so that you tackle at least one big task that will lead to a long-term goal and focus on getting that finished first. Then, you can add the “smaller” tasks to your list so that you aren’t trying to finish an important pitch/article/etc. late at night when your brain and body are tired.
You will make the most out of the time you have.
The majority of us play a variety of different roles. Whether we’re still working full-time, part-time or have various passion projects; we most likely have to divide our day into different parts. When you set the goal to complete everything on your list, you will make the most of any spare time you have. So, if you need to wake up an hour earlier to start the morning right… do it. If you have to rain check on that dinner you didn’t really want to go to, don’t feel guilty. Make the most of your time and set yourself up for success by keeping yourself accountable.
Let’s hear it. What do you think of this rule and can you see yourself putting it into action? Let me know below!