1. Get clear about what you want … focus on your SMART goals … make choices accordingly
*What can you do deliberately every day
*Use mind mapping tools <xmind = free version but there are many>
*Ask for help: join a mastermind group … get a daily accountability partner
*Figure out why you are procrastinating … listen to your inner guidance about subconscious fears, etc.
2. Limit your choices so you don’t get overwhelmed and paralyzed. Be grounded in your values, then measure every new choice against whether it brings you toward or away from your values.
*Are you keeping too many things you want to read but never have time to read?
*Are you over committed to too many things?
*Is there a way to streamline or delegate this task?
3. Set up daily routines that incorporate baby steps that bring you toward what is important to you. We can’t base our choices on unconscious habits and what is easiest even though it is tempting to be on auto pilot at times. We have to recognize that we are where we are right now based on those unconscious choices from the past.
*Are we more productive in certain tasks at particular times of the day?
*Do banking … bill paying … shopping online
*Use templates for repetitive tasks so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel each time
*How can you make it more efficient and less time consuming?
*Plan the top 3 things you will do the next day THE NIGHT BEFORE … and commit to doing them before starting anything else
*Set a timer for 15 minutes and concentrate on one task
*Batch your phone calls and return them at specific times of the day
*Schedule a weekly filing time to get it all done at once
*Get organized for easy information retrieval so you don’t waste time looking for things
*When you take something out … use it then put it away
*Share errands with someone else and set it up for once a week … map out the most efficient route
*Note bill due date on your calendar or use a tickler file … pay them once or twice a month * Back up your cell phone numbers … having a hard copy makes it easier to recreate if you lose your phone
4. Plan time for your passions every week … have something to look forward to.
*Spend more time doing what you want to do rather than what you have to do
*Implement a system to keep you on track with built-in rewards
*Who do you want to spend more time with: people who enrich your life with fun and laughter and support?
5. Make health a priority: get plenty of sleep ... exercise more ... eat organic, eat less
*Plan meals … make extra and freeze
6. Let go: of people … habits … things that are not in alignment with your values
7. Eliminate distractions or set a timer to limit them:
*How much computer time <e-mails, web surfing, social media, newsletters, blogs>?
*Only check e-mail a few times a day
*Write several blogs ahead of time and then use a service like www.hootsuite.com to schedule automatic publishing to Facebook and Twitter at specific times
*How much TV time?
*Record shows and watch commercial free to save 15 minutes per hour show
*Do you really need to read the newspaper or watch the news?
Make a commitment to yourself that you are worthy of ease and grace in your life. Stay in the flow and know that we were meant to feel joy in everything we do … it’s all about choice and planning.