Do you have big plans for your life that aren’t quite happening the way you want them to? Are you feeling frustrated that it’s [three! six! eleven!] months into the year and you still haven’t accomplished [whatever goal you’re always reaching for]?
I hear you.
I’ve been happily writing full time for two months now, one-fourth of the way into the six months I have to make progress on some writing projects. It’s been a great couple of months, but I’ve been starting to look at the calendar dissatisfied with the rate at which I’m getting things done.
I could go read a thousand articles about how to be more effective or I could just return to a method that has been surprisingly effective for me: writing my goals down on notecards.
I know it seems too simple, too easy, too vision-board-for-middle-school-kids. But, it helps me because sometimes the panic I feel about time is because I don’t have a game plan. I don’t even know where I’m trying to get to so I can map it all out. I get scattered and then run in ten different (and ineffective) directions.
On my notecards, I have goals written down that are far off, but I also have some that are for the end of the summer. This week, in celebration of the start of summer, I’m going to get re-acquainted with those summer goals. What did I say at the beginning of the year that I wanted to do?
Some of those notecards might get a good edit. Some cars will get trashed, for instance summer travel is really off my list so I can maximize my writing time. Other notecards will get added. I started writing a play two months ago and that’s actually taking more priority in my writing life than I knew.
I don’t have a meditation mantra or a vision board, but reading through those cards once a week is kind of my substitute for both of those. I’m getting focused on my goals and seeing them often enough to get my mind turning about how to get them done.
Do you have a simple way of getting s*** done?