- Someday Lesson: Changes need to be monitored for results or they’re meaningless.
Specifically I created a daily schedule designed to make sure that I not only get everything done but also when to do it.
The reaction I got from many people about being so structured was: I couldn’t possible stick to a tight schedule.
Well, I discovered that neither can I. But you know what? That doesn’t matter. Despite changing up my supposedly unchangeable schedule, every single day I managed to get the majority of the things on my action list done.
For example, yesterday at 8am I pulled out the Wii Fit Board to do my daily exercise but discovered the batteries were dead. Instead of cutting out my exercise, however, I plugged the batteries in to charge then pulled one of my afternoon tasks up and worked on that instead. I then exercised later, getting both tasks accomplished in spite of the major obstacle.
Without my schedule, I would have simply trashed the idea of exercise and frittered the time away.
The only thing I failed at was the revisions for Someday My Ship Will Come In. By tracking my success or failure with each of my tasks I made myself aware of this lack of progress. If I hadn’t been tracking my goals, I could easily have ignored it (which I’m very good at) and then something very important to me wouldn’t get done.
Why am I not doing the revisions? Two reasons:
- I put it at the end of the day after having spent a good part of the day already writing.
- A lack of passion. I’m a starter – I love new things and new ideas. Going back and revising or revisiting a project bores the crap out of me.
So, what will I do?
First off, I’ll change my attitude. Instead of seeing the ebook as a revision, I’ll consider it a new project for which I already have a lot of the materials prepared. By playing this mental trick with myself, I’ll no longer dread the idea but see the challenge in creating a new (and amazing) product that blows the old one out of the water in awesomeness.
As for the scheduling problem, this week I’ll move the time for the “new” ebook to right after lunch before I do my blog reading. And I’ll end my workday with something that does excite me which is the continued tweaks on the website.
Helping Develop Self-Awareness
Speaking of website tweaks, I have a new tool to share with all of you.
When I talk to people about Someday Syndrome, so many say “I think I have that!” but up until now, you couldn’t know for certain without opening up your life to examination by contacting me and asking for help.
Now, however, Someday Syndrome offers a new tool – the Someday Assessment – which tells you not only if you suffer from Someday Syndrome, but what type you suffer from!
Plus it’s easy and takes no more than five minutes to answer.
So stop wondering if you have Someday Syndrome – find out for sure!
Because knowing the problem is halfway to solving it.
P.S. Wondering what’s happened to the Someday Interview series? I’ve temporarily retired it while taking the month to apply come creative thinking and come up with a new version – one that everyone can participate in!