Are you currently lacking focus and direction?
It may be because you are not clear on what you want.
If you are in the beginning stage of transitioning from your 9-5 into a side hustle or into creating a business idea for yourself while you’re still in a full-time job it’s very likely that you are feeling a bit overwhelmed.
I really want to help you cut through the noise, discern what you think you have to do versus what is actually necessary to get you closer to that experience that you want in your life.
We have only 24 hours in a day, so picking the right goals to focus on are important. Our time is limited, and having the power of focus and boundaries will ensure that you get the right things done to move forward with your dreams.
Pick only 1-3 goals that you want to be working on.
I like planning my goals in 90 day increments. If there are three months to put focus on, this allows us to be flexible, adjust our plans as we go, and 90 days is not too short of a time to see things through, but also not too long of a time to pivot if necessary.
It’s easier to imagine what needs to happen in three months versus in three years. I usually will work on one goal at a time, every single month until that’s completed before I move on to the next goal and those steps or goals will make sense.
One goal may come before the other, and have a logical sequence of what you may prioritize.
How to pick the most important goals:
- What can’t you stop thinking about? What is something that you keep thinking, “I wish I could do that or I wish I could experience this”. That’s very likely the first thing that you have to move towards or the first goal that you need to complete in order to feel progression
- What scares the shit out of you? The thing that you want to tackle most may be the one that scares you the most. It is also what you value and want the most. If you weren’t afraid, what would be the thing that you want to pursue most?
- What’s the experience you want to have this year? When I start a new year it’s always a great thing for me to think about what I want to experience this year. Who are the people I want to meet? What are the things that I want to spend my time doing? What do I perceive myself really enjoying that gets me closer to that experience I dream about?
Plan the big picture, but chunk down the details and steps.
When you get to your top 1-3 goals, you can chunk that down and create bite-sized steps to foresee the actions we need to complete and commit to our goals. It allows you to feel more confident along the way, and also celebrating small wins before actually getting to your final goal.
Work backwards from your big vision or goal, and start to plan out what are the small steps that you need to accomplish in order to get to the final destination of that goal in the first 90 days.
You want to learn to reward yourself along the way, so you do feel motivated and inspired to continue. Having a process to check in with yourself and recognize the milestones you’ll be accomplishing will help you feel less overwhelmed.
Commit time blocks weekly to do the tasks.
Time blocks are your friend especially when you’re working a full-time job. Because you may only have evenings and weekends to do this work. Be realistic – when you first start this don’t try to block off every evening of the week to work on your business. You can commit to specific days and times that can work for you.
Start realistically – for example: Block off Sundays from 3 to 6 in the afternoon every single week and make it non-negotiable. You’re going to commit to that far more likely than every day of the week.
Change your environment – take yourself out to a nice café away from familiar territories. Do the work with a glass of wine. Give yourself a new environment to really start this new practice, and reward yourself for doing it.
Create realistic commitments to create your habit to success.
Set a good mindset with practical habits every single day or every week to be able to commit to the things that you say you want to do for your goals.
Starting with small and consistent steps will be far more successful for the long-run than trying to jump from 0-10 in your effort scale.
Bite-sized steps may mean taking 30 minutes each day to commit to one habit (i.e. writing 1000 words for your blog), or blocking 1 hour each week on a Friday afternoon to work on your projects.
Once your habit is intact, then you can start to add more to your repertoire because you’ve built the practice to allow you to do this with ease.