Most recently, let's say within the last couple of years, I've realized that I have faltered at getting things done that I want to accomplish. I feel like I've found a resolve now, so today we're gonna talk about how to get everything done that you've been wanting to do. I'm not just talking about big things like, getting a degree or completely paying off your car. I'm including things like interrupting your couch potato time to do the laundry so it doesn't back up, exercising when you promised yourself that you would, or even something as simple as walking to the mail room/box to get the mail.
I think somewhere along the way as adults we forget how to, (in the words of Nike) Just.Do.It.
As a child, you knew that you had to brush your teeth before you went to bed. That the kitchen had to be cleaned before your parents got home. Let's not forget that homework had to be done lest you bring down your grade average. All of these had to be done and some on a daily or weekly basis. You had to put in the work, because you were told to do so. You had no choice.
I read this article (and for the life of me I can't find it to share! Ugh!) a while back that explained how to always stay motivated at work when you just didn't feel like it. Key words here being FEEL LIKE IT. Here's the thing about being motivated... You're not always going to feel like eating right, studying, exercising, cleaning your car, paying your bills on time, finally cleaning out the garage, or opening that 401K account, because well... you're human and we get lazy. (just being honest)
But! Here's the good news.
You don't have to feel like doing it. You're never going to feel like doing it for the most part. So, the only answer here is to just do what you need to do and be done with it. Just like you have a habit of brushing your teeth first, when all you want to do is just collapse into bed, you can also create a habit of doing other things too.
1st) Make a list of the things you want to do. My suggestion is to make a list of short goals just to get your feet wet. Then as you accomplish more & more, go to bigger goals.
2nd) Carve out some time in the day to get things done. So if you want to prep all of your meals for the week on Sunday at noon, then take that time to get it done. Don't answer the phone & don't let others distract you (unless it's an emergency) until you get as much done as you scheduled for that time period.
3rd)Some big goals might take a long time. For these, write out a schedule or timeline that you'd like to get things done in.
It has been said that, when you write down your goals, you are more likely to get them done and achieved. So get to writing! It has helped me tremendously in getting my weekly wishes accomplished, so I know it can help you too. When I get things done, I feel proud of myself like I just conquered a large army and saved the freakin world! Okay, maybe I exaggerate a little.. but I do feel really good about myself and about what I've done. Who wouldn't want more of that in their lives, right? It's all about doing what is ultimately best for you and taking care of yourself.
What are some things that you've been wanting to get done? Have a great week!