you could be making a list for the upcoming week with 10 things that are mandatory for you to do, to get where you want to go.
think about it – 10 things each week, 52 weeks in the year, that’s 520 more things you will do each year to get you where you want to go!
you can spread those things throughout the week – some days you might do 3 things, some days zero – life is life, and it will take you everywhere, but this list will keep you grounded, no matter what is going on.
scattered and unsure what to do with an hour that you have to kill before going out? go to the list.
feeling unproductive? go to the list.
motivated? go to the list.
Also, once you have done a couple things on the list for the day, or you have finished the list, do whatever you want! Be spontaneous, have some fun 🙂 the list is there to show you the right track, and as long as you are aware of that track, you can have the freedom to do other things without going too far away from your path 🙂
but what do you write on this list? where do you even start?
1) Read my goal-setting post (again?) to get some ideas on how to set the goals that you want – it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process! Just go through my step by step guide and see where you get – make. it. fun!
2) Start simple and small – this Sunday, write down just 4 things you want to do in the upcoming week, and don’t make them giant tasks. For instance, if you want to become a better cook, this week you will try just one (1!) new recipe. Not a recipe each night, no – start easy. One recipe 🙂
3) Enlist a friend (or enlist me!) to help keep you accountable – this should be someone positive and excited for you to succeed, someone who you will trust to have no judgment, and who you can be completely honest with. Tell them you need to check in with them every Sunday, just for a few minutes, to tell them what you did great the past week, what you could have done better, and what you plan on doing in the upcoming week. Just having that check in will help you stay on point throughout the week.
🙂 you know?
by the way, I don’t tell you to set goals because I am this crazy goal-setting, highly purpose-driven, motivated person who wants to only achieve things – I am actually the laziest person you know. Seriously! All I want to do is hang out and read and write stories and daydream and travel and eat and do stupid things and hang out with friends and family. SERIOUSLY. If I could be a beach bum and feel good about it, I absolutely, without a doubt, would.
I want to do things to help the world 🙂 I want to do things to feel fulfilled. I want to make the most out of every moment because we only get one shot at this. Annnnd I need to function in society. 🙂 SO! I set goals to give me a direction – a clear path that I can follow so I can make my traveling/daydreaming/stupid things really satisfying – I can do all those things in a nice balance when I’m also doing things that will help me be fulfilled and help the world.
So set goals to earn your fun! Set goals so you can have a great balance. Write them down on the list so you don’t have to think about them, so you can think about the other, not so “productive” things you want to do.
right? RIGHT. 🙂