The Question that plagues all of us goal setters = “Why is it that I can write goals but at the end of a super busy day, I’m still NO CLOER to achieving them???”
Well, we have all been there… You may have some great goals and seem super busy all day only to be no closer to achieving them. Your inbox, Facebook, “urgent” tasks constantly draws your attention away from your goals. Or, you don’t have goals at all because you’re so busy that you can’t get away to make the head space to even contemplate goals for your life. It makes you wonder how these high achievers get things done and why you can’t seem to move the mark.
There are several best practices that will help you move the mark on your goals. Today, I would like to share one that has helped me tremendously. When I say tremendously, that still doesn’t do it justice. This practice has functioned more like my lifeline! It saves me so much time and every single day I automatically have the head space and margin to really move the mark. No longer am I ruled by the mundane or the things that distract my attention like email and the never ending “task” list.
This practice comes from a very well known high achiever by the name of Michael Hyatt in which I use his Full Focus Planner. Within this planner and also books he’s written, Michael introduces you to something called “Daily Rituals.” Let me tell you all = it’s a game changer!
Daily Rituals! What are they?
The Daily Rituals are things that you “automate” that you repeat every single day. They are the simple practices that you delegate to a certain part of your day that you hit the “repeat” button each day. If you can master this practice, you will create great margin! You can work to accomplish your goals. The items in these daily rituals allows you to take those things that can take up tons of time (like email) and proved a dedicated time and space for you to do those each day. Let me use my own as an example. There’s 4 Daily Rituals you should consider.
#1: Morning Ritual
This happens before you even begin your work day. For me, it’s the moment after my morning shower. I have only three things in this category. #1 = Read Scripture while drinking water and coffee. I’m dehydrated in the morning so I drink a huge glass of water. And with coffee that’s a given! I mean, a day without coffee is… Yeah, I have no idea what that’s like. And I always read my Bible or an uplifting book. When I connect with Jesus each morning I’m better; plain and simple. My relationship with Jesus is where I find my “why” behind all that I do. So it’s no doubt I begin each day spending time with him.
#2 = Journal. Once I read and have some caffeine in me, I write. It’s not profound each time and takes different forms. Sometimes I write prayers. Other times I summarize what I just read, what’s on my heart, and things I’m grateful for. It clears my mind and gives me good head space. #3 = Breakfast. I like food and a man’s gotta eat. Never skip breakfast! And ditch the cereal, it’s terrible for you. Eat real and whole breakfast foods! I mean, who doesn’t like bacon! Just ask Michael Scott (and his grilled foot).
#2: Workday Start Up Ritual
This one is the most important for me to maximize my productivity each work day. I have 4 things I do. Hopefully these examples will stir your own mind to what needs to be in your workday startup ritual. #1 = Review annual, weekly, and daily goals. These are my goals for the whole year, then how my week will help me move the mark, then how each day will help me accomplish those goals. It’s a system that works! Michael Hyatt helped bring this to my attention and I’m forever grateful.
#2 = Calendar Review. Just a simple run through of my day. Just a note, I don’t always check the rest of the week. That’s a black hole for me because I just keep checking the next week, and the next, and the next… I want to just be present for today because it’s got enough stuff to deal with on it’s own. #3 = Empty Inbox and Check Social Media Inboxes. Today’s culture has a TON of inboxes. I check and clear all of them at one time then they go dark till the end of the workday. Email can suck you into a never ending abyss. I will look once, follow up in the morning, then get to work and only open email if I need to communicate that way on a huge project or goal. Trust me, you will love the freedom this gives.
#4 = Review Work Journal, Life Plan, and my Ideal Week. This helps me really focus on what my life should be characterized by each day. In my work journal I’ll have notes from the day before I review. This is where I keep all my notes for my projects. I use both handwritten and digital!
Stay Tuned for #’s 3 and 4 coming THIS THURSDAY
To keep these posts easier to read I will stop here for now. Come back Thursday for the other two; you will be glad you did!