SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, results-focused, and timely. If you’re like me and have 1000 items on your to-do list and never seem to cross them all off, I may be able to shed some insight! As simple as it sounds, sometimes all it takes is to sit down and organize your life on paper. I’m not talking about the pretty agenda you scooped up at the Kate Spade store and write in all the fun work events you have coming up; this is an exercise that you should attempt to incorporate into your daily or weekly routine. Essentially, it is only a guideline, it’s not perfect. In the end, it’s up to you to manage your time and make it work. If you don’t schedule your ‘wants’, they most likely aren’t going to happen, or they will interfere with your ‘non-negotiables’. Let’s dive in and get started so you can achieve everything on your list!
To download my FREE Ideal Week Planner click here.
Feel free to make as many copies as you like, and share with a friend! ❤
Let me know if you tried this exercise & share your feedback in the comments! 🙂
Let’s get started!
1. Eliminate distractions.
Take note of where your attention trails throughout the day.
Set a timer for 20 minutes of work time, 2 minutes of rest time.
Download apps that block you from browsing social media or online shopping.
Multitasking is a myth! Focus on one thing at a time and be MINDFUL of the task at hand.
2. Plan your entire week in advance.
It doesn’t have to be a strict schedule, just as a structured guideline.
Map out your week whether Monday-Friday, or Sunday-Saturday.
Write down your non-negotiables, things that HAVE to get done FIRST in your Ideal Week Planner.
Next, write in all of your ‘wants’. These are activities, hobbies, online classes, seminars, gym sessions, anything that allow you to grow mentally and physically and contribute to your overall happiness.
Estimate the amount of time of how much you will spend on each every day/week and see if you can incorporate them in your morning routine or evening routine. During the day there are usually too many “life responsibilities” like work or errands, and there isn’t a lot of “me” time.
Plan each day from the time you wake up, until the time you go to sleep.
Assign activities for a specific day and stick with it! If a friend calls you to go for drinks at 6pm on Thursday, have the willpower to say “Sorry fam, I’m learning another language, and my online Spanish class is during that time”
3. Understand Net Time
Do something you enjoy during mundane activities. Watch your favorite TV show or listen to a podcast during your drive to the gym, or while washing the dishes, etc. As long as the activity is mundane and requires little to no effort, you’re good to schedule in some overlapping activities.
4. Be Realistic and Flexible!
Switch up your schedule each month or every few weeks. If you want to learn Spanish, French, Italian and ASL, be realistic and allow yourself to be a beginner and take the time to fully comprehend what you’re learning. Instead of learning four languages in one month, learn a new language every three months and see how mindfulness and fully submerging yourself into that language will help you better retain that knowledge.
5. Do Your Best
It’s nearly impossible to show up every single day and give 100% and cross every little thing off your list. B-R-E-A-T-H-E. You are good! People are going to continue living their life if you don’t make it to the gym one day. Diffuse the stress, and stay present in this very moment that is in front of you. If doing your best is laying in bed for 30 minutes and looking at funny memes because you physically cannot get up, then do your absolute best at that and stay for the full 30 minutes. Sometimes your best is cranking out press releases, re-writing business development plans, and just being in the flow. As long as you feel peace and mindful of everything at the very end of the day, you have done your best.
Everyone contributes to society in their own unique way through experiences and passions. There’s no time to settle, the world need your strengths and your talents.
Happy planning ❤
Download my FREE Ideal Week Planner click here.
Feel free to print as many copies as you like, and share with a friend!