Thanks for sticking with me! I thought it would be good to break the process up into two posts. The last one got pretty long and I’m trying to be more concise.
Alright, do you have your notepad/journal and calendar or phone handy?
MAP IT OUT
Think about your goals and make sure your list is in order of what is most important to you and what you want to accomplish first OR where you would like to begin first.
For me, it would be blogging two times a week. That is a lot to start off with, but if I begin with two times a week, I will have more content and can slowly scale back once I have an audience.
During the Mapping phase, I like to make sure that I leave plenty of time for creative energy, planning, additional work that needs to be done to achieve or work towards my goal.
As an example, for blogging, if I’m not feeling 100% creative leading up to that hour, I will take a short walk or make a tea and reflect on WHY I’m not feeling it. This doesn’t need to be a set time but just know you won’t ALWAYS be overly excited to get to work when you are suppose to.
To make the best of your time, make sure the time you choose to work on your goals aligns with all the things in your life. Account for spouses/partners, appointments, work, children, school, etc. This will really help you in the long run.
And hell, if you don’t have time during your normal day – WAKE UP AN HOUR EARLY or go to bed an hour late. It will SUCK at first, but if you want to achieve your goals, you’ll do what it takes, right? If not, then why are you even reading this?! (Told y’all I’ll be real with ya 😉 )
NEXT: LEAVE SPACE
First, I decide what days are OFF LIMITS. This is important because you want to L E A V E S P A C E for self-care, friends and family and anything you are already committed to.
Once you identify those days, mark them off physically (or mentally) I’m personally a pen and paper gal. And just know that those days will not be affected.
Now, you are left with your open days and you likely know when you are the LEAST busy. Use this to your advantage. And, think about when you feel your best OR are the more productive.
For me, it’s Mondays and Wednesdays after 7 pm. I’m done with my day-job, usually finished with dinner and I’ve had time to sit down with my hubs and catch up. (Plus he usually goes up stairs to watch TV and relax 😀 win-win!)
I’m going to block off Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-8:00 PM. I am going to TELL MY HUSBAND and FRIENDS about this time block so that 1. they hold me accountability and 2. they don’t bug me. LOL. But like, for real tho.
This creates a boundary, which is healthy! Everyone in your close circle will know not to ask or tempt you to break this commitment to yourself. Because after all, if your goal is train for a marathon, you can’t put off even one day of training or you’ll risk getting behind on mileage or even injury.
LAST: WERK, SISTER, WEEERRRK
Yaaasss Queen, get to work! I know I’m just typing this and maybe you’re thinking, ALEX VICTTORIA, I don’t know where to staaaaarrrrtttt. Queen, I’ve been there. I was in freaking analysis paralysis for months during quarantine. But guess what? I just gave you a complete outline to start.
If you really, literally, physically, or mentally CANNOT START. That’s okay, too. Maybe you just needed to see this and you will come back to it when the time is right. That is OKAY, YOU do whatever is right FOR YOU.
If 2020 has taught us anything it’s that we don’t need to put on a show and you can’t be everything to everyone. Start when you’re ready.
BUT – If you’re reading this and you are ready… what are you waiting for? I’ve included a short synopsis below. I hope you find the energy and time to work towards some big dreams. And know I’ll be right here working on mine if you need me.
At this point, you should have the following:
- Focus Word – make sure this word is something that can take you through an entire year.
- Brain Dump – ALL THE THINGS on your mind that you want to achieve along with intentions.
- Organize & Prioritize Goals – from your brain dump.
- Map it out – block off days on your calendar and decide how much time you will need to spend on your goals.
- Leave Space – create a time and space for your working towards your goal. Tell your friends & fam!
- WERK – YAAASSS QUEEN, GET TO FREAKING WORK.
And honestly, that’s it. Once you have all of the above, and you actually work towards your goal, you will start to see a domino effect and things will begin changing.
Just remember, if you don’t try to change, nothing will change.
So what do you want to do? What are some of your goals for 2021? Let me know in the comments! And if you need help, I’m here for you Queen!
WHEW. That was a lot. Thanks for sticking with me. 😉