The 10 Day Challenge–Day 5

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 5


 

What is your success plan? What are the important activities that you intend to block out time for on a daily basis to achieve that success?

This is the challenge that Natalie made for this, the halfway point of this series, and it’s a good one.

You may remember from an earlier challenge post I said that most people do not concentrate fully – so they don’t accomplish as much as they could. They allow themselves to be distracted off the path they should be on by all sorts of side issues and events. They know that they’re doing this, but don’t know what to do to prevent it.

Here’s what I (and you!) do to put an end to that. It’s what I work from on a daily basis:

Plan your day, and work your plan. It’s old. It works.

Start each day as close to the same time as possible. This may sound pretty simplistic, but having a routine that you follow each and every day makes planning much easier. I know this sounds like the kind of office routine that many of us want to escape from, but trust me this works, and works well.

Do away with those things that will distract you from work. You know the kind that I’m talking about. Friends, non business calls, and television shows are probably pretty high on some people’s lists when working from home. Banish them, so that you can concentrate on the task at hand. You’re working, not indulging a hobby.

Make a list of your end goals that day and what it will take to get to that goal. You would think that such a thought would be obvious, but how many times have you been unable to achieve a goal because it turned out to be a wish rather than a concrete, defined effort with an end firmly in mind. Think “I want to be rich” and contrast it with “the steps I’m going to take to become rich are…” and you’ll understand.

Prioritize your goals. Goals that are not viewed as a 1-2-3 series of achievements to be met are nothing more than a haphazard arrangement of wishes. With nothing determined, how do you know which one to reach for first? Where will your focus be?

Focus on one task at a time. One of the biggest time wasters and reasons that people are not able to hold to a deadline is that they are trying to do too many things at the same time. Contrary to what many modern business books keep selling folks it is the rare individual who can keep an infinite number of balls in the air. Something will always give, and it will be something that really needs to be done that will seriously bury you professionally if it doesn’t get done. Get it done by focusing on a single task until resolution (or at least reach a point where it can safely be put aside until later).

There are many other things I can share with you. These items are the basic building blocks that I (and you now, too!) work from as we continue to grow our effort and reach for success.

Now go out there and start planning!

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2 thoughts on “The 10 Day Challenge–Day 5

  1. These are great! These are items I’m striving towards yet have not quite made it 100%.

    I need to get up earlier to start my day earlier – since I’ve been unemployed I’ve quite honestly been a bit lazy.
    Get rid of distractions.
    I love your quote: “the steps I’m going to take to become rich are…” instead just I want to be rich.
    Finally – Focus on one task at a time. My goal is by the end of our 10 day challenge to find that one area to focus on before moving on to the next. Because right now I have a bunch of ideas but need to choose one or else I will never be successful.

    #10DBC #freedomplan

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    1. Why not write down those ideas in list form? Don’t try to edit them, or think too deeply about them, just get them down where you can see them.

      Once you’ve run out of steam, look at your list, one item at a time, and prioritize each in this manner:

      -things you must do right away;
      -things that, if NEVER done, won’t matter;
      -things that can only be done AFTER the first items you tagged are complete;
      -things that you realize are ‘wants’ rather than ‘needs’ to get done.

      THEN, rearrange your list so that related tasks are together, in order needed for completion. Choose what you think is the most pressing, and follow it through until complete to the exclusion of all others.

      Let me know how that works out for you.

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