Ideas are only value when you act on them. Mmh…
Do you know that saying that says you have the same 24 hours as Beyonce? And if you don’t mind, I would like to use Beyonce as an example again because it’s better to use examples of people who are known by so many people, and Beyonce is one of them. As some of us we know, Beyonce has accomplished a lot so far in her career and we could say in so many areas of her life in general. I also know lots of successful people who are not as famous as Beyonce who are also so productive and have accomplished a lot in their lives so far.
So one day after getting tired of being behind and unproductive, I said to myself I am going to be productive too. And the first question that hit me was, “What do productive people do every day that make them so much productive and accomplish a lot?” And I told myself if I can just find out, and perhaps do exactly what they have been doing there is a pretty good chance for me to get the same results. This famous quote by Jim Rohn says, “Success leaves clues.” All you need is to learn from those who have gone before you and are where you want to go, take the good stuff, and apply to your own life.
So after doing a lot of research, excuse me I meant to say Google search, reading articles, watching teaching videos, I found out some of their secrets..yeah…good for me, and you.
And this is one of the things they do; every night before they go to bed, they write what they have to do tomorrow. They plan their next day or their tomorrow, today, or you could say the night before. And I said, Aha! These people use their time very wisely, and that’s why they get so many things done daily than an average person.
Guess what? They don’t just plan; they follow their plan through with action steps. Every day they make sure they do their daily to do list and the ones they may not accomplish for that day they carry or move them to the next day or until they get done.
On top of planning every day, some of these productive people plan their entire month ahead of time of the things they are going to do and accomplish that month. Some they plan an entire year of the things they have to do or accomplish. And what has been helping them to be able to plan for the entire year is because they have goals that they have written down they want to accomplish in one month period, three months, six months, a year, and so on.
Do you know that saying that says, “Inch by inch, life is a cinch. Yard by yard, life is hard?” They take the pieces of those goals and tackle them daily. When they tackle daily those big goals become very small and easy for them to accomplish. It’s like going to College or University; let’s say by now you have already enrolled and you know this degree takes four years for instance to complete. So you plan, this semester I am going to take five classes because I am a fulltime student or I am going to take three classes because I have got a fulltime job and it’s going to be too much load to handle, or because my budget says this semester I can afford to take two classes. So each semester you take classes according to your plan, and soon or later if you follow your plan through and tackle your daily tasks to get you there, eventually you will have your degree. It looks easy but it’s not; it takes determination and hard work.
I mean I knew about this theory but somehow it didn’t click for me to apply in all areas of my life, or in a real world, or in my life long goals. But it came to hit me when I was at rock bottom that I was behind and unproductive.
I now have goals written down and I do my best everyday to tackle them down. I am on my way to achieve few of my big goals. And so I imagine in ten years where I will be, so excited to find out.
Everyone has their own way of writing goals down and plan for their future. But the experts say when you write down your goals, they must be in present tense, flexible, specific and realistic, measurable and must have a deadline, how much by when. For instance you want to lose weight from 200 to 130 pounds, and so you will write on a heading part, “My fitness goal.” Then below you write, “I weigh 130 pounds by January 1st 2017.”
And let’s say you write it on your goals book or note book. So the next thing to write like a heading is steps to take to accomplish my goal or in other words action steps or items to follow through. Then you list them down, one by one. Let’s say number one will be I exercise every morning for 30 minutes from 4:00 to 4:30 am. And then list the rest of the things you have to do to reach your goal. And then the next section you write, again in a heading format, steps to measure progress. And you list them one by one. Let’s say it could be to weigh myself on weight scale every Sunday in the morning before I exercise or eat anything to monitor my progress. The next section you will write how to overcome challenges. And for me it will be waking up at 4:00am every day. We are different, may be to you waking up at 4:00 am is not a challenge. And so you write how to overcome that challenge.
This goal setting activity or technique will help you to plan well your daily to do tasks, and even weekly or monthly to do tasks, and so on. For instance for the daily tasks, now you know before you go to bed, the first task tomorrow morning is at 4:00 to 4:30am, which is to exercise. And then you do and plan the same way with your other goals that you have.
Then after a while you are able to say, “I am productive today than I used to be years ago. Look at all these things and goals I have accomplished!” My friend, results do not lie.