I had a great time, this morning, serving as a mentor for ICF Chicago speed networking event.
This question came up - and I thought it was very important.
How do you fit goal mapping and other self-development activities into your schedule when you are already so busy?
You know that saying - - what we pay attention to grows?
For me, that saying is a filter I use to help me say YES and NO to things - so that I focus on what matters most.
Right now I'm focused on
• Staying healthy
• Nurturing my family
• My 13 speaking gigs for September
• Finishing my workbook for teens
• Watching Girlfriends and The Home Edit on Netflix.
Here are some initial and realistic ways to carve out time in your busy schedule to focus on what’s important to you.
1. Make your calendar work for you.
Each day, take one thing off your schedule that does not affect your health, paycheck, or an important relationship.
2. Use an Eisenhower Matrix to curate your "to do" list.
This productivity tool provides a great visual for all you have going on. You can do a quick scan to make sure you are making time and space for your priorities.
3. Wake up 10 to 15 minutes early and use that time to work on your goal or project. Focus on your progress instead of perfection. Small bursts of work can move you along without a lot of stress or resistance.
4. Ask for help and guidance.
How do you know what type of help you need? Look at somebody who is doing what you want to be doing. Reach out to them and ask what initial five steps they took to get to that level? Then schedule time and assemble your support team to move in that direction.
How do you carve out time to work on your goals?
What additional help or resources do you want or need?
Check out some effective productivity tools here.