This week I want to share an idea on how to stay motivated and on track with some of your bigger life goals when life is getting in the way.
The exercise below is a really simple insight into productivity and focus from the Teachers:
- Write down your to do list for the week – what has to be done to move you further towards your goals, what needs to be done in your business, what has to be done just because it’s part of life?! Then write down what do you want to get done or get started on even though it’s not essential?! The purpose of this is to get it all out of your head and onto paper so that you get clarity.
- Each morning sit with your intuition for a few minutes – if you’re not sure how to do that here’s a daily exercise from my Intuition Kickstarter program that you can use. The idea here is to put yourself into a receptive state. It clears your mind. And, importantly, it helps you to see what matters and what doesn’t in the first place! It’s incredible how many things we can add to a to do list that don’t need to be done…
When we follow our intuition on what to do each day we tend to get the critical, life-progressing, inspiring actions done. Meaning we stay motivated and proactive because we stop doing all the time-wasting ‘stuff’ that doesn’t need to be done right now (if at all).
Many of us over-think what we have to do each week. And then get stressed out over having so much to do… And our other dreams get pushed aside.
But that stress is generated because we are not in command of our state of mind. When we’re unfocussed, things overwhelm us much more easily. So the above steps will help you to shift that stress and feel more in command because they help you get to the core of what matters and what doesn’t.
However, if you want to break this idea down even further, do this:
At the beginning of the day look at your whole to do list for the week, take out ONLY the things that have to be done that day. Leave everything else on the list and just put it aside.
For example, you might have an appointment at the dentist. That’s something that has to be done at the allotted time. You might send your newsletter out every Monday so you have to make sure that task is completed. Importantly, you might notice that you have several things to do in the city, so you can pick a time to do them all in one trip.
Once you’ve got your refined list for the day, sit with your intuition for a few minutes.
What happens when you do this and begin to fine tune your to do list, is that you get more done in more in less time. That leaves you both physical time and mental energy to focus on the bigger goals, ideas, dreams, vision…
In my experience, those bigger things calling out to you feel out of reach because of the mental clutter of not being organized. That is, it’s really about discipline. But for me, it’s intuitive discipline. Not force. And not demanding more of myself than is humanly possible.
And while I’m not saying that I have this totally nailed every single day, I am often amazed at what I can achieve in a day when I’m not letting my focus wander all over the place!
So, get organized first. Then there will be space for the other, bigger, brighter things you’re looking for.