All successful people have daily routines, things that they must do, and refuse to change for anyone. I had a mentor who blocked 60 minutes every morning for her workout, anyone who wanted to meet with her had to work around that timeframe. She had made that commitment to herself and kept it for decades, nothing would stop her from getting it done. In fact, years later when she was diagnosed with cancer, on the mornings she had her treatment, she would run to the hospital to get in her workout. That’s commitment!
Maintaining our focus on goals can be challenging. Our lives are all very busy, and it can be hard to find time to work on your goals. We need to build a system that keeps us on target, keeps us focused daily, weekly, and monthly. A routine that we do so consistently that we do it without thinking.
- Download the Your “Routines” Workbook in the Materials Tab
- Create a morning routine
- Create an evening routine
Critical Success Actions (CSA)
Our daily tasks can oftentimes be very long and quite frankly overwhelming. The best way to have a glimmer of hope at getting through these tasks is making a list: the dreaded “to-do-list”. As motivated individuals, we try to jam pack our day and that alone could sabotage our efforts. It is important that, when you write down all your required tasks, you look over the list and decide:
- Do they really need to be done?
- Do they have to be done now?
- Are they critical to your success?
Weed out the ones that aren’t really that important. Look over your list and pick 3 items that you must accomplish, that are crucial to your success. We call them your Critical Success Actions (CSAs).
The CSAs are identified during your nightly routine, this is where you do a “brain dump” of all the items floating around in your head. This gives you the chance to clear your mind so that you can think better but more importantly be able to sleep well, knowing you have all your tasks written down. By putting this into your evening routine it gets you more prepared for the next day.
In the morning, you can start your day knowing exactly what you need to do. Ideally, you want to start working on your CSAs first thing in the morning, that way you have a better chance of accomplishing them before your time gets hijacked by the busyness of the day. Getting these 3 items off your list will give you the momentum to plow through the other actions on your list and if your day goes off the rails, you at least can feel good that you got the critical items done.
To add that extra layer of commitment, share your daily CSAs with your accountability partners.
Nothing will motivate you more than being able to tell your partners about your awesomely successful day or to sadly admit you did not get them done.
- Download the Your “Critical Success Actions (CSAs)” Workbook in the Materials Tab
- Write your to-do list for the upcoming week
- Select your 3 CSAs for tomorrow and share these with your accountability partner
Homeplay – She-Rites Gifts
These past seven weeks, we have gotten to know each other, listened to each other, cried together, enjoyed each other and, learned from each other. In preparation for next week’s graduation do the following “Writes”
- Gift 1: Write a note to each sister expressing your appreciation and why.
- Gift 2: Write a gift to yourself highlighting what you have received from being a part of the She-Rites Program (Artistic Representation).
- Be prepared to share these with the group.