Have you looked at your calendar lately? Sure, we look at our to-do list and go through our day checking things off. When was the last time you asked yourself if the items on your calendar are truly moving toward the happiness and success you want? Does your day look like every other day for the last several months or years? Or do you see specific things that are helping you succeed or learn new things?
One of the things We talk about in our time management training is encouraging people to reflect on what’s changed at work or in their lives that impacts how they spend their time. We are creatures of habit, and change is hard for most people. We tend to keep doing the same things over and over again, even when the habit is outdated or downright negative. Are you ready for change or not?
If you want to achieve something or if you want greater happiness, you have to do different things. You’ll never run that marathon if you don’t start training for it. You’ll never write that book if you don’t sit at a computer and write consistently. You won’t get that promotion if you don’t change what you do at work. It all boils down to specific actions that need to show up on your calendar.
Go for impact
There are only so many hours in the day. Pick actions that make the greatest impact. It may be the action itself seems small; but repeating it every day brings big results. Do you need to learn a new skill? Set time aside each day to learn and practice it. Put this on your calendar. Do you want to exercise more? Put time on your calendar to work out.
The more specific you are, the more likely you’ll identify your high impact habits and actually do them. For instance, “go to the gym” becomes “go to the Wednesday 6 p.m. body conditioning class every week” and shows up as a recurring appointment on your calendar. “Position myself for a promotion” becomes, “initiate research and present to V.P.” with time and deadlines booked on your calendar to do the research.
Make room for your awesome new calendar habits by getting rid of low return tasks and things that simply don’t need to be done at all. Letting go of outdated habits is liberating, and it’s the only way to create new and better results.
Did you make a change recently that required new actions in your calendar? Share your success in the comment section below.
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