I know what you are thinking. How can 5 minutes really accomplish much of anything? You are right – you won’t totally de clutter your office in 5 minutes one day. But 5 minutes over a series of days may get you that much closer to your goal. Just think, it is 20 minutes in a week (I’m not counting Sundays) – and in a month – you would have organized and de cluttered your office 125 minutes. But guess what – most likely you will spend more than 5 minutes a day some days. You’ll get into the groove of the task – you’ll likely want to finish that one pile. Or go through that one folder. Or recycle a bunch of papers… So put your timer on and go for it!
The Chick-Fil-A Leadercast that was held on May 4th of 2012 was all about choices – and how the choices we make will determine the leaders that we ultimately become. John Maxwell, leadership expert and best-selling author and author of his latest book, “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” (which will be released October 2012), talked about the choice we make every day on self-improvement.
I have been thinking of these two issues: the value of daily discipline and the benefit of intentionally pursuing self-growth. Let me talk about one of these – the value of daily discipline. My next blog will focus on the importance of self-improvement. John Maxwell says that the law of diminishing returns comes to play when we aren’t doing something daily. “We don’t do what we should do – it is less likely that we will do it.”
Anne Ambrose, a pioneer in televised physical fitness and one of the nation’s most successful wellness authorities, (and graduate of California State University, Long Beach – Go Beach!) – recently was quoted in the Spring 2012 issue of Breach Review (the magazine of California State University, Long Beach), “I make sure I get a good 30 minutes of exercise every single day, getting my heart rate up, stretching and toning. It could be fast walking one day, yoga the next day, or using light weights.”
What can you do on a daily basis to increase your effectiveness at work and your vitality in your energy and life? Reading Anne’s quote, I’ve decided to increase my exercise activity from 3-5 times a week – to every day! What about you?
So you’ve got someone to hold you accountable and you have set yourself for the best possible success….what else do you need to tackle that big project in your work or home life? My last tip:
Do something. If it is writing – write one word. If it is filing – pick up one piece of paper and file it. If it is a financial analysis report, save your excel report with the name of the project. If it is a team project, create your team’s distribution list in your Outlook.
And it is interesting – whether it is a filing project or a writing project –once I get in the flow of the activity – it is easier for me to keep going.
As Eugene F. Ware said, “All glory comes from daring to begin.” So what are you waiting for?
In my last blog, I spoke how accountability can help us deal with this perpetual “getting ready” mentality. And yet – sometimes accountability isn’t enough for us to move forward. And even when we are making strides towards our goal, we may not be able to sustain our momentum. Here’s another idea:
Set yourself up for success. Yes, we can use all sorts of excuses to not start a project. But there is something to be said for knowing what we need. For example, I like to write in our study – that overlooks our beautiful garden. Being able to see outdoors seems to “open my mind up” to new ideas, creativity, and expansive thoughts. You may find that doing work at a coffee shop can be a productive space for you. Or you may find that having your favorite beverage is what you need to get the juices flowing. (Pardon the pun!).
For your next project, what can you do to set yourself up for success?