When trying to make a change we often times get excited and want to do everything at once. While enthusiasm is great, focusing on too many things at the same time usually leads to a whole lot of nothing getting done. If you’re like me you probably start out strong for a day or two then get really overwhelmed and end up abandoning your twelve projects.
Lately I’ve been doing my best to fight the urge to do everything and just focus on one thing. One simple thing that I can do today to help me grow my business. Once that one thing becomes habit, I move on to the next task. It may sound simple but it’s the surest, and the only real way to ensure lasting change.
I started with a whiteboard. It hangs next to my desk over a bookshelf and every morning on one half of the board I make a list of what needs to get done that day. Client appointments, emails to send, blog posts, etc. The other half of the board is a long term list, things to do that can’t be done in a day but are important to remember to work towards.
The white board is now a habit, I do it every morning no different than brushing my teeth. So what habit am I currently tackling? Turning on my laptop. Sounds silly, right? Well for me it’s big. I tend to be lazy about turning on my laptop and instead try to do all my work on my iPad. While there is a lot I can do from my iPad it simply isn’t convenient for some things, like writing blog posts. By turning on my laptop in the morning, it will (hopefully) make me more productive and ensure I get my weekly blog posts written.
So today I challenge you to think of your goals and come up with one task you can do every day to move you closer to your goal. Then make it a point to do that one thing everyday for the next two weeks. It’s okay if you miss a day or two, you learn from your failures often times more than your successes. If you are trying to eat healthier you could aim to add in one more serving of veggies every day. Whatever it is make it simple. If it seems too easy that’s a good thing. Don’t overreach. While one habit might not seem like much, over the course of a year one habit every two weeks amounts to 27 habits! Think your life might be a whole lot better with the addition of twenty seven healthy habits? Me too.
Remember, focus on what you can do today. The same things really add up. You can make a list of all the habits you want to achieve and rank them in order of importance but you really only need to start with one. So wherever you are start now, start small, and remember than slow and steady always wins the race!