Some people let years go by. They have hopes and dreams but are still waiting for “someday”. They don’t know why they’re not further along. Many make excuses. They blame their kids’ schedules, their budget, their spouse, or an event that threw them off track. They don’t realize it but, for some reason, they’re sabotaging their own success.
We all have the same number of hours in the day. Why do some people seem to get a whole lot more out of their days? It’s because they have a plan.
Creative types, on the other hand, tend to just wing it. We don’t like schedules or rules or planning. We generally have no concept of time. We like things to just evolve and flow naturally. This is great when you’re writing a song, coming up with a design, or painting a painting.
However, if you have a deadline or income goals and you’re not meeting either, there’s a problem. There may be some underlying issues causing you to deliberately flake out or avoid doing the things that will move you ahead. Do you keep putting off the things that you know in your heart you really want to do? This eventually results in frustration, resentment, or feeling really confused or overwhelmed. Been there, done that, wrote a book about it.
Tip #1: Want to know where your time really goes? Write down every single thing you do in a given day, along with the time that it took.
You may be surprised that you’re spending far more time on tasks then you realized. You may also be spending way more time on social media or you’re jumping from one task to the other and not really finishing any of them. When you see it all on paper, it can be a real eye-opener.
Imagine if you flipped this scenario and took control of your time?
Tip #2: Block off time for your tasks and don’t deviate.
This is really hard to do at first but it’s the only way for many of us to get anything done. Ask yourself “What’s the goal for today?” Some people need to set goals for each hour to stay on task.
Your system can be high tech or low tech, whatever works for you. It may seem rigid but it works. That was one way I was able to write and publish my book in just a few months.
Tip: #3: Identify your “time suckers” and be honest with how you’re spending your time. I discovered that I was spending way more time on social media than I thought.
Tip #4: Learn to say “No.” Instead of adding things to your plate, you may need to take some off. Not everything is high priority.
Tip #5: Find a coach or accountability partner. I have two to help me keep the train on the tracks.
Imagine how much further along you’d be if you tackled your goals head on? People are waiting for what you have to offer. Isn’t it time?
What system(s) do you use to help you stay on track? Feel free to comment below!
Dori Staehle, MBA lives in the Raleigh, NC area and is the owner and Chief Encouragement Officer at Rock the Next Stage. She’s also an inspirational speaker and coach, plays percussion in a band, and is the best-selling author of Find Your Divine Rhythm: A Creative’s Success Formula. Dori uses coaching and therapeutic drumming to help people reset their mindset, focus, and succeed! She specializes in creative professionals, musicians, and anyone with ADHD traits. Click here if you’d like to schedule a complimentary consult or to book Dori for drumming or speaking.