Question from a reader:”Yo, Kim. How do you do it? How do you manage to keep so many balls in the air juggling and still sane? Share, please.”
My answer is that once you have gotten an idea of the big picture, say, trying to eat an elephant, you need to break it down into small realizable goals, like eating one bite of pachyderm at a time. I will try in upcoming blogs to detail my approach to doing things. It is a combination of being organized, somewhat flexible and taking the time to relax so I can have the energy to do all the things that I do.
Start with your daily goals for your business plans. What do you want to do in the long run? Everybody is always going to answer something about working or money. What can you do on a daily basis to get there? I have very practical and detailed methods for the things that I do whether it is systems design, tax preparation, dancing, raising kids with my wife (well that needs LOTS of room of variation and improvisation). The first keynote thing is routine, and the easiest unit of time to do your routine is on a daily basis.
Start with something really simple. You need time to start planning your new business venture. Great. You are looking for work, tired, have kids screaming into your head, so what do you do? If you are a morning person, get up at 5:30 AM or 6:00 AM and give yourself five minutes – that is right, just start with five minutes-time to think about your desire and what and how you are going to go about doing it.
Keep a pad and paper handy so you can jot down notes in order to help materialize your thoughts. If you are a night owl, you will need the notes even more so in case you start dozing off late at night when you are trying to meditate or reflect on your business. You can use this technique on anything. It helps though to be patient and you need to learn how to relax. Try breathing slowly in and out.
Once the ideas start to flow, you need to make time – start with another five minutes to start to materialize them. By taking the time to make it happen you will get stronger and the technique will become easier each time you use it.
Take some time to study market conditions for what you are planning on doing as well. No sense in trying to set up an ice cream stand in the middle of the Arctic Circle until global warming has completely melted the polar ice caps.
The reason you want to start in small chunks is because you want to be able to show that you are making progress. It will help your spirit and your subconscious and will add to your self-confidence that you can do anything you want to.
Techniques like this of course are also full of pitfalls, the number one being make sure that you do reality checks to see if what you are trying to do is feasible. If you are 89 years old and want to be a basketball player you need to realize that it is a hard sell, even for the best of positive thinkers!
Practical applications of the lost art of keeping a routine are that you will soon learn what is working and what isn’t once your routine gets set. You will be able to fine tune your work, your studies or your life and like a clock, keep yourself and your loved ones in tune and on the ball.
Be well people and good luck to all of us.
April 24, 2009
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Your Daily Goals For Business Plans