I want to start today with another great quote by Jim Rohn. “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse”. This is the first quote that I put into my head every morning. I am just like everyone else reading this post, busy. In the past I had always used the excuse of being too busy as an excuse to not get something done. The bottom line is that life happens to everyone.
- We all have 24 hours per day and 168 hours per week, the difference is how we use that time. If you had to pay for every minute you spent doing certain things, would you? As we have talked about in previous posts we need to set the level of importance in order to get things done. Do the most important items first. We must be intentional with our time and clearly block out a certain amount of time for the most important items. Write down your top 2 items that you want to accomplish each day and focus on those two items first. So many times we put off the important tasks because they are hard or time consuming, thus they never get accomplished. They key to getting these tasks done is to build up the momentum by working on bite sized pieces every day.
- Another key to getting things done is having the right mindset. Our thoughts become our actions and our actions become our circumstances. So many times we blame our circumstances on why we couldn’t get something done. We fail to realize that by controlling our thoughts and actions we can redefine our circumstances. It is amazing how many times we start with a negative thought for the day that the day ends up turning out negative. Is that because you were right or because you didn’t do anything to change the course?
- For me the real key to getting things accomplished is to use the bookends of the day. I can get the most accomplished both at the start of the day and at the end of the day. Even if the middle gets blown up by interruptions I can control how I start and end each day. Build morning and night routines to help stay on track with those important daily activities.
- The last question to ask yourself is who dictates your time? Who decides what is important for you to accomplish? Being intentional means that you are able to decide how to spend your time. Challenge yourself to make a daily list of at least two items that you will get done. When you find yourself playing a game, on social media or even watching TV, ask yourself if that was in the top two items of your list. Keep track of when you give an excuse, what is the excuse? What is the real excuse?