Happy Valentine’s Day, former procrastinators! Hope your sweet hearts are encouraged to realize goals set in January are a great starting place for the course correction you do in February. This will bring you greater success.
Working goals can feel like trying to grip the side of a brick wall. There’s so much I need or want to do that I can’t seem to get a decent hold on anything. I’m frustrated and scattered.
Feeling desperate- and encouraged by my accountability partner- I’m paying more attention to Greg McKeown’s Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. I like that idea but find it hard to do. This year, it’s my approach to life. Please take a look at “Focus on Essentials” October 1, 2018.
“By investing in fewer things, we make significant progress in the things that matter most.”
Therefore, this year I have two main goals. Just two. One is a writing project. The other is to deal with our family photos. (No, not worded specifically yet.)
I do have goals on the back burner – cooking on simmer because they require less mental and emotional attention for accomplishment. Quiet time, working out, etc. are now habits built into my life. But the two main projects take serious attention.
Writing and photos have designated time slots in my day. I consolidate appointments and errands in order to be here more. I’ve dropped out of a favorite weekly commitment and turned down some tasks I wanted to take on. Because I’m not participating in those activities, I feel obligated to bear down hard on the projects during those time periods. Results from this approach have been wonderful!
Whether you have much discretionary time, or not, the concept still applies. Though you’re feeding, teaching, cleaning, etc., some things need to be priority. Ask the Lord what those 1-3 things are so you can devote thought and energy primarily to them. (A child’s temper control, a larger client base, etc.) It will help you manage your time – and bring you significant progress.
What are the 1-3 essentials you should focus on this year?