So in our last episode, I had a conversation with an old friend.
I suggested to him that it almost doesn't matter where he begins his quest to get his life back on track. Just start somewhere, anywhere, and GO. Start building momentum before too much inertia sets in. Believe me, I know… the longer you wait, the harder it gets to push forward. I also pointed out that things will likely get worse for him if he doesn't step up and take some action now.
He didn't disagree, but still didn't where to begin. I suggested he start small and build from there. We worked out a plan and so far (weeks later) it seems to be going pretty well for him.
Here’s what I suggested:
- Get some kind of notebook. I suggested a small memo pad so he could carry it around with him.
- Create a daily to do list. Nothing big, just a few items you want to get done and don’t want to forget. Shoot for five to ten items a day. Check them off when completed… doing so gives you that little feeling of accomplishment you need right now.
- After having worked with daily to dos for a week or so, create a list of weekly goals... just two or three, remember, we’re starting small here. Goals are bigger than individual tasks. Take your weekly goals, break them down into daily goals and create your to do list from there. Easy example: you have a weekly goal of thoroughly cleaning and organizing your kitchen. Day one, clean out that messy cabinet under the sink (you know the one I mean, I have one too). Day two: tackle that junk drawer (again, me too). I bet you don’t need half that stuff you've been hoarding.
Now you've gotten a few things done. You might actually have a sense of pride and accomplishment. What now?
Easy. Keep thinking bigger, which will lead to doing bigger.
Tackle a bigger project, one that will require more resources, more planning and more time. Got that kitchen organized? Now tackle the whole house. Use the same strategy of breaking that beast down into bite-sized chunks. Plan it, gather what you need and go for it.
You needed a few wins and now you have them. You have momentum. Keep it going. Keep shooting for bigger wins and above all, keep moving forward.