Jocelyn K.Glei sums it up brilliantly in her blog post in 99U
“The minute that we lose momentum, we lose the thread. We become extremely vulnerable to distraction and defeat. Our inner critic awakens, and we start second-guessing ourselves, doubting the possibility of success. Other people’s demands creep in, vying for our attention and focus. We start to generate shiny, new ideas that seem even more worthy of execution, tempting us to move onto the next big thing without ever finishing.”
Being in a state of transition at the moment (imminent arrival of first baby) it can feel even harder to create some kind of structure on which to build. I do wonder how I will find the time when the baby arrives, whether I’ll have the energy to take care of him and grow a business. I’ve encountered a number of raised eyebrows when I say I’m working on a business plan and a few – “yeah right – wait until the baby arrives , you’ll have no time” type comments. Fortunately these are outweighed by a number of people (all of whom have children) saying “yeah, totally doable, especially when they’re new born”. Awesome, let’s go with that. I also felt pretty inspired by this article “Power maternity leave”.
With the space created by not being in full time work I want to make the most of this window of opportunity and build momentum. I’m realising the best way to do this is to include small daily actions to bring me closer to my goals. I turned up to the blog (pretty much) every day and completed my 15 day challenge with ease. Sometimes it took 20 minutes, other times a couple of hours but every day I found a bit of time and before I knew it – I’d finished what I started. Now the business is a little more complicated, it’s much less structured and I don’t have the daily direction of a coach. But if I turn up every day, do 30 mins, then over time I hope to achieve the same success.
So I’ve gone about planning out the things I want to include in my day, each day, to help me towards my goals. My tasks include working on the business, blogging and sewing, as well as exercise and getting my 5 a day. I know I need to be realistic and flexible, baby comes first and things won’t always go to plan. But I’m hoping that by giving myself small daily tasks rather than big lofty goals I can make the most of the little windows of opportunity that present themselves. To help me keep on track I have created a weekly tick sheet, with days at the top and activities down the side, each day I complete a task, I tick it off. The idea being that over time I get into the habit of doing each item each day and over time momentum is created and goals are achieved.
What one task could you include in your daily routine to take you closer to your goals?