I’m traveling this week. When I return, the first two months of the year will be history. I’m not where I need to be on some of my goals for the year, but I’m not panicking. I’ve recently read some great research on breaking bad habits, establishing good habits, and staying on track related to your goals.
Here are 3 easy habits to help you pick up the pace, punch procrastination in the face, and get back on track.
1) 20 Minutes on Sunday Night…
It ends up that spending 20 Minutes on Sunday night to schedule your weeknights (or free time during the week days) is a killer approach to a proactive week. Most of the big achievers spend time “putting the big rocks in the jar” on Sunday night. If you stop reading here and schedule 20 minutes this Sunday, you’ll be thanking me next week.
2) The Daily Dozen One Top Priority
What is your ONE top priority today? Now send yourself a blank email with your priority in the subject line. So in the morning I would send an email to both of my email accounts with the Subject Line: Rob’s TOP Priority is finalizing the March Leadership Development Calendar for work. That email stays unread (and at the top of my inbox) until I complete the priority. The beauty isn’t having the email, the beauty is forcing yourself to prioritize every new day.
3) Put it on your Calendar, not on your to-do list…
This is probably the biggest game-changer for us mere mortals. I learned this from reading about how two different Olympians prioritized their training. Both said, “If it’s on my calendar, it gets done. If it’s only on my goals list, I probably won’t get to it.” LeaderTribe, put it on your calendar—that’s championship behavior.
THE BOTTOM LINE: The biggest difference between you being “Leader of the Week” versus “Loser of the Week” will be what you do Sunday night. Use that time wisely to establish priorities and schedule them into your calendar!
Be a champion this week!