I've just posted this picture on my facebook page
and I've also got a copy of it pinned to my computer.
It can be so difficult to get everything done that I often need to remind myself of my focus.
Getting results can be very easy, but getting the results that move you forward can be more challenging. A tidy house and neat well-kept garden are lovely and soothe the soul (well my soul anyway), but they don't necessarily take you closer to your goals.
I'm in the lucky position of having two cash-hungry grand-daughters who are now willing to clean and tidy house and garden for money. On Saturday, I invested £15 - and a lot of instruction on "proper practice" - and had one of the grand-daughters clear the huge pile of ironing, that had been sitting for a shaming amount of time. And what a difference! It saved me a couple of hours of work, but it released much more than a couple of hour's worth of energy. The thought of doing the ironing had been weighing me down - it wasn't a priority, but it did annoy me to see it sitting there. So the lesson for me is to change the way I do routine chores like house and garden. From now on, I'm going to delegate as much of the "chores" as I can - although I may end up with the richest teenagers in Scotland!
The other change I've made is to be better prepared. I often start the day by planning what I need to do, but by the time I've decided how my day will be structured it's half way through the morning. I didn't used to do it that way, I've just developed some bad habits. So, starting yesterday, I'm now planning tomorrow, today.
Last thing at night, I spend a bit of time writing down what I want to achieve the next day. I take a few minutes to imagine what my day will look like, and how I'd like it to be. The idea is, that by doing this, I'm programming my brain to achieve the results - effortlessly! While I'm asleep, my brain will work on creating the kind of day I've imagined and it's more likely I'll be able to stick to the plan. And I'll begin my day with a ready-made plan of action that I can just jump into.
Now, I've just described two simple strategies that you've almost certainly heard before, but the difference that makes the difference, is doing it. My emotional reluctance to have someone else do "my" work; my fear that the work wouldn't be done "properly"; my reluctance to think about tomorrow today, all conspire to prevent me using tools and techniques that I know will make me more effective. So, my focus is now on the change I want to make, and I'm confident that the results will follow.
So, if you really want to make the most of your day, it's best to plan ahead ... plan for tomorrow, today!