Time Management Challenge Day 1

Time Management Challenge: Day 1 Identify What Matters Most

Identify What Matters Most To You

Today you’re going to work on identifying what matters most to you.  This might not seem like a big deal or something you should do, but when you KNOW what you’re working towards it is much easier to get there and say no to the things that don’t.

Answer these questions and think about these statements:

  • What matters most?
  • Define your goals: what really matters.
  • Define and clarify your biggest, most important goals.

You’re going to move toward them with ruthless efficiency.

Ask yourself, how many times have you felt pulled in so many directions, that it seemed like you were being pulled apart?  It’s such a horrible feeling and the best way to eliminate it from your life is to have totally focused goals. You need to clarify what is most important to you in all aspects of your life.

In writing out goals, you need to be very specific on what the goal is and why it is very important to you.

You want goals that get your blood fired up every time you read them over. It’s also important to attach weight to goals. If you have a list of health and fitness goals, you need to decide which ones are the most important to you and make them your anchor goals.

For example:

If you have goals for running, what is most important to you? Is it the distance, the time it takes, the calories shed or how you feel as soon as the run is completed? It is going to different for each person. Some may attach more weight to how they feel mentally and physically after a run, rather than the time it took to do it.

Writing limp goals will get you nowhere fast.

When you have a goal for something like weight loss, you need to make it very clear what your intentions are. Instead of saying, “I’m going to lose 50lbs,” you need to write out, “I’m going to lose 5lbs a week by doing exercise and eliminating sugar, which includes not drinking soda every day.”

You can get much more detailed than that but for this example, we want to get the basics in.

Next, you need to have clarity on why you want need or want to lose 50lbs. Really think about it. Is it because you are not happy with the way you look or did your doctor mention the possibility of diabetes becoming an issue in your life?

When you are clear on the why, the easier it’s going to be to manage your time and achieve those goals.

It will take some time to define what you want to have and who you want to be in life. In the end, it will be worth it because you are fine-tuning your brain to get it working with you, instead of being one of the root causes of your unhappiness.

When your brain understands where you want to go and why it so important to you, it will do all it can to assist you in life.

You want to attack your goals with ruthless aggression and make them work wonders for you.

So go set your goals following these guidelines.

Now that you have set your goals and understand why you want to achieve them, let’s move on to setting priorities.

Many people struggle with priorities.

Take this example:

A person having a spouse and three kids with a combined total income of both spouses is around $50,000. The person decides to buy a brand new BMW X6, with a monthly payment of $600.00. In this case, it is clear, the person has the wrong priority. Proper shelter, food, and clothing for the kids would be the number 1 priority.

You have to be clear on what matters the most to you in life. All aspects of your life should have goals, from relationships, health and of course business.

Action Steps:

 Decide how you are going to set your goals.

  • Use something like the 90 Day action plan, where you break the goals into 30 days, 60 days and 90 days. A 90-day plan works best. When you write out 7 days worth or 365 days worth, you won’t have enough to get excited about, or you will so many goals that it will seem impossible to complete, so you never start.

-Decide exactly what your goals are.

  • Do you want to lose weight?  If so, how much and what is the healthy time frame?
  • How about business goals? Do you want a promotion?
  • Write down why you want one and what steps you need to take.
  • Ask yourself if you need to improve your knowledge in one area or become more proficient in organization and planning.

Once you write your goals out, go back and put a timeframe beside them.

  • When do you want to accomplish this goal?
  • Then, write down, your big WHY?

Why do you need to do this?  Because if you do not have a reason that will drive you into massive action every day, then you will let that goal slip.

When your goal setting muscles are weak, you will produce weak goals that will not spur you to action. It is imperative that you identify and move through your biggest goals, while also taking a moment to adjust if you get off track.  Following the action steps above to get to your goals.


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