My last post was about being focused in the new year. It is easy the first week to stay on track. Then, you let life get in the way.
I’m now on week 2 and still staying focused. I got another first draft done on a chapter of my book. I sent it off to my 2 first editors for response. If I hear nothing from them, nudging will be in order.
My physical activity is on track, as is my daily learning time. I’m getting up at 5:30 am, before anyone else starts their day in my house, including the cat, and doing yoga. The gal on the Wii can’t figure out if I am strong or not, but she really likes my posture. Glad she can’t see my clothes. Of course, hers never change so why am I worried.
Do you have a stack DVDs from some seminar or conference still in the plastic wrap? I make lunch at noon and watch an hour of nutrition videos. I’m learning and reviewing so much data. Here’s the weirdest part – everyday someone will ask me some random question and I have just seen something about it. I feel like a walking encyclopedia.
I know some of you are thinking, WHO has an hour at lunch? Well, most of my work is at home. My day is 6:30 – 12:30, 2:00-5:30, Monday-Friday. When needed, 7:30pm. That’s usually one day a week. Weekends I try to only work 7 hours.
Then, I either do a short, fast walk or run. I always get great ideas during this time. I call people and leave messages. There is a notebook next to my bed, and a pad in the kitchen. And I read them every morning.
Everyone likes to start something. The real work comes after the initial energy rush. All
kinds of things have popped up on my radar screen, but I look at my schedule I set on January 1 and realize that everything else has to take second place. Asking myself the right question gets the right answer. “Do I want to do this?” is not the right question. “Will this get me where I want to be December 31?” works a lot better.
Here’s the most important thing I have learned this week, [although it is so obvious its silly], if you want someone to invest in your idea you need to know exactly how you are going to use their investment. This is true for money, time and energy. That has led me off my schedule a little, but sharped my focus.
This second week as called for more discipline, but I realize that I feel relaxed because I am getting things accomplished. It’s like trying to explain to someone who constantly has colds what real health is. When you feel healthy it compels you to stay that way. When you keep ticking things off your list, you draw energy to you that compels you toward your ultimate goal. It rekindles the fire. The goal becomes a foregone result waiting to happen.
There no longer are tasks, but opportunities to reach the result sooner.