Yep, well, old habits die hard it would seem.
I know my priorities. Being the avid goal-setter I am, I know what tasks I should be doing to ‘move the needle’ and get me closer to them. But knowing them and doing them are totally different. I know to achieve the toned tummy I’m going to need to build the muscle, almost daily. Do I do it? Nope.
I’d like to say my new intentions slipped because of some worthy cause but, the truth is, I know it was a few bad habits to blame. The biggest of all is procrastination.
John C Maxwell, known as one of the greatest thought leaders in management, said “the secret of success comes down to your daily agenda.” He believed if he were to spend 24 hours with someone, following them through their typical day, he’d be able to predict where their life was headed. He says:
“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily.”
(Abs, we’re on.)
So, with that in mind, it’s time for a bit of a reality check. If, like me, you get to the end of a day and wonder exactly what you did with your time, then this is for you. If you’re making little (or no) progress in achieving something that’s been on your goal list forever, this is for you. Or, if you know things are just out of balance and you’re ready to make a change, this is for you.
It’s so simple to do, but so powerful.
Record and Review.
To see where your time is going, you’re going to have to get it down on paper (or digitally, if that’s your thing). Don’t rely on your memory. Track it.
I’ve created a tracking tool you can download here. The magic is in ‘coding’ your tasks into priorities. It will give you a great picture over 24 hours (just like Sir Maxwell suggested). My suggestion is to do it for a week to get a great record of ‘normal life’.
But… that’s ‘normal life’. In your normal life are you achieving what your heart desires? Are you living the life you want to? What kind of future are your daily habits creating?
I find this is a powerful first step in making a change. You need to know where you are, what your starting point is. Then you’re so much clearer on what needs to change to start shifting you towards a new direction.
Download the Time Tracker For Success cheat sheet here. And I’d love to see your results – what did you learn after day one?