Last week we discussed a big-picture vision as a huge help to removing roadblocks. This week we take a look at 3 tips for planning out the daily activities that can help you find the success you are looking for.
1. One Thing Each Day
Often the simple things are the most effective. Think about a friend you trust a lot. When did you start to trust him or her? Sometimes there is a defining moment. But how did that moment even happen? I mean, how often do we fully trust a complete stranger?
Not often if we are being honest. Instead, trust is built with consistency over time. Sure, there may be a time when the trust was tested – and it held. But the trust was probably building until that point. With one small moment at a time.
That is how most things progress. One little bit of progress built on another little bit of progress. It is rare for big successes to just happen overnight.
Pick just one small thing you can do every day. It doesn’t even have to take a lot of time: 5, 15, maybe even 30 minutes a day. And consistently do that one thing for 90 days. I will guarantee you will see progress.
2. Reverse-Engineer Your Daily Activities
Sometimes when we get stuck, it helps to start with the end in mind. Instead of focusing on the next thing you need to do, look at where you want to go. Ask yourself these questions:
- What did everyone who met this goal do last to get this goal?
- What do I need to do in order to do that?
- Do I need anything else to get what I need?
- If I don’t know an answer, where can I go to get that information?
As you answer these questions, you will quickly find a list of things you need to do to move forward towards your goal.
3. Prioritize Your Lists
Once you answer the questions from #2 – or if you already have your list – look at the list as one big picture.
See if any one task will allow more more progress than any other task. Or does any one task allow you to do many other tasks? If the answer is “yes” do that task next.
Repeat this process until every task is ordered. You now know what is most important to start on first. From there, schedule out the tasks so you can get them all done by your goal time.