We have just finished our 'to do' list for the weekend. It has much more on it than we can possibly do in the time we have. We also have to add some 'fun' to that list. However, there are not any big projects on the list. Those keep getting pushed to another time.
Once in a while, we do get one of the big priorities taken care of. A special trip, seeing old friends, painting the house. And when we do, it feels terrific. Then we ask ourselves, why did we put this off for so long and why don't we do this more often.
This week's blog is by Michael Hyatt, an author, speaker and leadership coach. The topic of his blog is "How to Find time for that Important Project".
He talks about 7 steps to find time and get to the special project.
- Accept reality.
- Get off your 'but'.
- Set a clear goal.
- Understand what’s at stake.
- Schedule time on your calendar.
- Keep your commitments.
- Make time to celebrate.
The second one is really about stop making excuses. If you find yourself saying "Yeah but..." you are stuck in this area. Change to being solution oriented and the rest will fall in place.
The other one I would like to highlight is #3. It really works. I had a large project that was being implemented on the same weekend of an important family gathering. For weeks leading up to the implementation, I had a note on my desk that said: "Done by noon on Sunday" which would allow me to also attend the family event. Many people laughed at me for setting that timeline. It looked doubtful on Friday and Saturday. Then Sunday morning it all came together and we were done before noon. People were amazed.
What have you found when making the time for something that is large and signficant? Do you agree with the steps outlined? Anything else that you would add?