Fighting the February Slump

Focus on Goals

Day to day tasks seem to be the hardest for me to master.  I tend to find them mundane.  But events or projects…those are the things I love!  I’ve been thinking back on my goals for this year over the last week.  This week has been a struggle to find my motivation to keep working hard.  My January gusto is wearing off and I need some time to refocus and plan.  So this February I’m taking an intentional approach to evaluate my goals and make an action plan.

  1. Focus on Goals Set your goals. I spend time from Thanksgiving Day on through December 31st thinking about the past year and planning for the next.  I’ve had many years where God has taken this time to prepare me for the intense year to come.  My mind is focused.  My body is strengthened.  My heart is ready for all that is to come.  Some of my most powerful times with God are during this time of intense soul searching.
  2. Goals are great, but you need a plan!  We all have dreams and ideas…things we want to see happen in our lifetime.  But as the saying goes, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”  This is so true!  In Dave Ramsey’s book EntreLeadership, he talks about taking time out each morning to plan out his day.  He even goes as far to rank the daily tasks!  Ramsey says you can increase your productivity by 20% by simply taking 15 minutes at the beginning of every day to plan the day’s tasks.
  3. Don’t forget about your family.  I’m a task driven person, so scheduling time for fun was SO necessary.  I know it sounds crazy, but I actually have time written into my daily planner (yes I use an old school paper planner, much to my husband’s dismay as he has many great online tools for me to use) for my kids and relaxation.  Before the paper schedule, I would waste days just trying to figure out my next steps.  The tasks were lost in my head without any plan or sequence.  Now my time has purpose.  My kids can get more time for me to simply focus on them and I force myself to stop working to enjoy life.

How are you staying on top of your 2012 goals?  Do you use a daily planner?  Is it a paper planner or have you found a great online tool?

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