You’re off to a strong start to the new year and things are really starting to lock into place. You’re establishing a routine and setting yourself up for some successful habits in 2017. Way to go you sexy thing.
But with everything going on physically, are you setting yourself up for personal success in other areas of your life? Are you frantically making it through the week, afraid that you forgot something on your to-do list or maybe worse, you don’t know where to start?
We’ve all been there.
We made the challenge different this year because we want to have a positive influence on habits. On things that transcend beyond the gym. For those of you that made it out last night you were introduced to the equation E+R=O.
We want to help you succeed, we’ve been through the struggle and want to lead you through to the promised land. Take advantage of it all, follow along, use your daily check ins, reach out to your mentor, at the end of our eight weeks together you’ll be leaps and bounds ahead of where we started.
Today’s lesson focuses on making the most out of the Challenge. Specifically the day to day and week to week. Earlier in the year we were introduced by the guys at Strength Faction to the idea of the
Moving forward everything comes back to this piece, so don’t forget it.
Every Sunday afternoon or every Monday morning (for you early risers), do a brain dump for the week ahead.
All you need to do is sit down and get all of your ideas out of your head and onto a piece of paper. If you really want this to be beneficial, block out 30-45 minutes of uninterrupted, quality you time.
Write it all out: Challenge classes, errands, family time, this week’s appointments, goals, shows you want to watch, work projects, things that are bothering you, gratuitous time on the couch to catch up on trashy television…the normal stuff.
Stop at nothing. Get it all out there.
Once you have it all out in the open, create categories. Family, work, personal, big, hairy, audacious goals. Whatever makes sense for you.
Now, take everything you wrote down and organize it into your categories. From there, prioritize. If hammering things out before the crack of dawn leaves more time in the afternoon/evening for family get on it. It’s your priority.
We’re going somewhere with this. Hang on to your seats, and watch this video, CLICK HERE.
You watched it right?
Don’t you lie to me.
Your highest priorities that may have a deadline are your rocks. Things that at the end of the day, truly mean the most to you and move you towards your goals.
The stuff that’s important, and urgent with an open timeline are your pebbles. The sand represents your tasks that are urgent, but not terribly important.
What’s missing from the video is water, or beer if you so wish to imbibe. They’re the trivial time-wasters that are neither important nor urgent.
From there insert it into your planner. We use the Action Day Planner (also their meetings and actions book, today’s list, and project planning and execution, but call us over-achievers).
Do you have to use this specific planner? Nope. We just think it’s awesome and wanted to share.
Here’s how you keep killing it with your planner.
First, schedule the things that you can’t change. Family commitments, meetings, appointments, etc..
Second, look at your openings and front load the most important things from your brain dump. We recommend your Challenge schedule, lessons, and your weekly grocery list, but we’re biased. It should be quick, you’ve already prioritized.
Try to front load your schedule in the morning. It’s the one time of day where the world’s distractions haven’t taken over yet. Not a morning person? Give it a shot, see what you can do with 30 extra minutes in the morning.
Since you have your big rocks in, now you can find some openings to cross off your pebbles, sand, and water that will come up throughout the week.
If you have the option to delegate, do it. There’s only so much room in your bucket and sometimes other people are better suited for the task.
Make sure to revisit throughout the week to make sure you’re on track or to make any updates.
Enjoy your sweet, sweet freedom.
We’ve had a chance to talk with some Challenge Members and we’ve learned some good things. The ones who are killing it? They participate regularly.
- Go to all the events you can
- These could be classes, seminars, Group Mentor led. Do what you can to make it to any and everything.
- Fill out your daily check-ins.
- Your group mentor should be emailing you the excel sheet every Friday. Use it to check off your accomplishments.
- Regularly interact with your Mentor or Team
- Keep the ball rolling. We’re all in this together. Help keep each other motivated!
- Check in with your accountability as often as you see fit
- Weekly, Daily, hourly…whatever floats your boat!
- Post questions and interact as much as possible in the Facebook group
- Questions on the lessons? Comment!
- General Questions? Make a new thread. There are so many people in our group who are dedicated to your success, don’t be afraid to ask!
We’re reaching out to you regularly, but at the end of the day we need you to take ownership and let us know what you need. Use our above listed recommendations to help us right the ship.
Like we mentioned in “Finding your Stride” and “the Aggregation of Marginal Gains”, consistency with the little things will take you further than you can ever imagine. Try not to let things pile up and overwhelm you. Schedule it in, do it, and repeat.
Don’t forget, we’re here for you. Lean on us, let us help. We’re here to change your outlook!
(If you’re interested in the Action Day Planner mentioned in the article, here’s the link – ADP)