Last summer I started a quarterly blog post series called “What I Learned.” This series follows the schedule of Emily P. Freeman over on her blog.
Lesson #1: Pick Your Battles – It’s okay if you don’t (always) get it done today.
Picking my battles is a lesson I need to relearn on a regular basis. It is too easy to wrapped up in huge to-do-lists and unrealistic expectations of meeting business and personal goals.
Having unrealistic expectations can lead to discouragement, and a feeling like the effort isn’t worth it. Thankfully I’m often reminded that a) “Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it” (Anne of Green Gables) and b) There’s nothing magical about January 1st, you can start, or in my case re-start whenever you need to.
Lesson #2: Prioritizing, Planning, and Focusing are hard, but the effort is worth it.
When you are starting a new project or when you are working on a goal, it can be easy to skip the planning part and wing it. The planning process can be overwhelming, and it can be hard to set aside time for it.
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” (Quote credited to Benjamin Franklin.)
When I go through my monthly and quarterly reviews, the goals with the most progress are the ones I have created an action plan. And conversely, when progress has stalled, most of the time it is because I did not take the time to make an action plan.
Planning is essential to go after a goal but at times it’s difficult to make it a priority, but anything worth doing is rarely easy! [Read more…]
Marta Goertzen is an entrepreneur, writer and nature photographer. She daily explores the trails and beaches of the South Central Oregon Coast with her buddy Bailey. You can follow along on their adventures on Instagram. She is also the author of several books including her newest, “Choosing Gratitude: A Daily Quiet Time Journal”.