Hey guys, Melanin here.
If you’ve been rocking with me since the beginning, you know that I am horrible at scheduling. I basically plan out my days, weeks and months, then I end up just winging everything anyway. My follow through is so bad that I’m ashamed of it.
So this post is to hold myself accountable and to give you guys 3 simple pointers to get you on the right track.
Tip #1: Get a planner or some other form of calendar.
We all have smartphones, tablets, iPods, smart watches, laptops, desktops, etc. that have calendars. But do we use them to their full potential? Having a physical book planner, a desk calendar, or even a dry erase calendar allows you to write everything down in a single location that can easily be viewed without unlocking a device and possibly being distracted by social media or that text you meant to respond to yesterday. It has also been said that writing something down helps you remember it. I believe there is some truth to that.
Tip #2: Give yourself reasonable deadlines.
Only you know how long it will take you to finish tasks on your to-do list; so give yourself a realistic deadline to complete these items on your list. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to fit a weeks worth of list items into a day or two, but don’t allow your procrastinator’s brain allow you to give yourself a month to finish something that should be done in 2 days. Keep in mind the day to day things you have to get done as well, for example: getting the kids to and from school, cooking dinner, exercising, work, grocery shopping, calling your best friend, checking in on family, amongst other things.
Tip #3: Stick to your deadlines.
My biggest failure in blogging and life in general is my follow through. I procrastinate or forget to handle certain things, then it comes back to bite me later on down the line. But do I change my ways…..not until now. Lol. Hold yourself accountable when you don’t complete a task in the time allotted. This will help increase your discipline as well as give you some insight into how realistic your timelines are.
With all of that being said, I’m not suggesting you plan out every minute of your day for the next weeks. I’m simply saying that I’m not the only person who has a few goals she wants to achieve, but can’t find her way to the finish line because I keep stumbling over wasted days and forgotten steps.
Having a dry erase calendar above my desk at work allows me to remember payroll deadlines, enrollment dates and times, as well as what days I won’t be able to come in because of doctor appointments, etc. I also have a personal planner that I use to write down due dates for my bills, goals that I’d like to achieve for the month (getting my license, purchasing a new pair of glasses). Anything I don’t complete during the month gets transferred over to the next month’s lineup. Because I haven’t been holding myself accountable, I still don’t have my license or a new pair of glasses (I’m currently wearing contacts but still want a backup pair in case of an emergency). I’ve been working — I use that word very liberally — on these two goals since February. I have yet to schedule my 5-hour class, nor have I gone to my local optometrist to order a new pair of glasses.
But hear me, I declare it right now…I will get my driver’s license before Summer ’18 begins and my glasses will be purchased by May 12th.
Now go forth and be great. Follow through, be disciplined and succeed in every aspect of your life. Your goals are within reach, you just have to grab them.