Focus is The Key To Getting Somewhere

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When we start getting organised with our lives and looking into all the parts that make up our existence, we can want to pounce on getting everything right IMMEDIATELY.

We begin with the right intention – to want to streamline things, to finally get that done, to feel purposeful and organised – but when we try to tackle everything at once it can lead to overwhelm and ultimately nothing changes.

Which is why I am such a champion for focussing on ONE major thing at a time. I’ve totally learned this the hard way. When I start getting my  ‘let’s do this’ vibe on and looking at goals and projects I have a tendency to  do everything at once.

Yup, I’ll start an exercise regime and a healthy diet and while I’m at it I’m also carrying out project house to haven, and decluttering every room in the house, plus designing new products and finishing my craft projects, and starting on that new cross stitch pattern. I want to dive into writing the book and doing that new skin care routine. Well, I’m on a roll now, so I’m going to start reading 7 of the books on my to read list, recommence my morning pages, only shop organic, start a new spirituality practice, join my local toastmasters, do a course on baking and continue my plans for world domination with love.

Yes, these are all good things. All things I want to experience and accomplish but this is just not going to work this way is it?

I honour my desires by writing them down somewhere so I can capture them in a place that won’t forget them (thank god for my master to do list!).

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Life is Crafted: Flourish A5 Master To Do List Page

I want to set myself up for success, not failure right off the bat (NB: failure is your friend, but that is for another post!).

When you focus on one main thing at a time (or at a stretch 2 or 3) and you make steady improvements, it has a way of bringing up the other areas of life.

A coaching client of mine was focussing on her new business as her main goal. She has a busy life – studying at University and raising a little girl as well, plus her partner just moved in. Unsurprisingly she was feeling overwhelmed and was beating herself up because she wasn’t doing anything well. We worked on time management and working out her schedule, we created inspiring goals and manageable action lists, we dove into the ‘Why’ behind her reasons for starting her business. Things started to change for her.

She really saw that starting her business was connected with her own needs of self-accomplishment and for being a role model and provider for her child. Because we created a flexible schedule for her activities, she could feel productive during the day, hitting her goals and then be able to switch off and spend real quality time with her daughter and partner (instead of physically being with them but thinking of all the things she hadn’t done because she wasn’t clear). She also realised she needed to look after herself and her energy to be able to work on her business, so she almost automatically started exercising more frequently and eating better. Because she was better organised with her time and focussed on her business, she saw how she could link her uni studies to supporting her biz.

A goal without a plan is just a wish

Other things happen in life, you have social commitments, you still have to eat and clean the house, these things will happen. But by having one clear goal – one main focus – you see progress, your confidence improves, your momentum builds and this certainly spreads.

I now create 1-3 main things each day, week, month and quarter to focus on. Yes, I occasionally get tempted to tackle everything at once, but I’ve now experienced the joys of focus and man, it is way better than constant overwhelm!

So, how can you get started with this?

1. Write down everything you want to do now.

2. Give yourself permission to NOT have to do everything immediately.

3. See which area of life/goal/project, that if you put most of your attention there will have the greatest positive impact on your life.

4. Make a note of the other things in a place that you can easily refer back to. You will create time for these when you are ready. Make sure you refer back to this list on a regular basis to see when you might be ready.

5. Write an inspiring, motivating, specific, measurable, attainable, reaching and time-framed goal for the thing you have chosen.

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Life is Crafted: Dotty A5 Goal Planning Page

6. Allow whatever else has to happen in your life come up – consciously choose to do it or say thank you, but no or not now.

7. Do the work and celebrate each milestone. Don’t forget to pat yourself on the back!

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Do your own Month In Review & Here Are My May 2014 Dreams – April In Review

Ahoy Adventuresses! Welcome to May (yes, it is already May – not March!).

Is it time to light a fire under your gorgeous behind? Or to kick up your heels (oooh, are they new?) and celebrate what you’ve accomplished so far?

My heart seriously beats faster and truer when I do life reviews. It gives me a few minutes to acknowledge what I have achieved and experienced in the last week or month. We so often tick things off the to do list and move onto the next inspired action, that we don’t take a breath, do a happy jig or shout out a ‘Whoop-de-doo!”.

Scheduling in time to do a review gives to the blessed opportunity to do so and to actually SEE what you did.

This is why I’m reinstating my monthly reviews… Here’s to lots of Whoop-dilly-dos!

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MAY DREAMS

  • Finalise my plans for the next couple of months – it’s going to be a huge year!
  • Run a YouTube giveaway to Life is Crafted subscribers
  • Look for some assistance in my business
  • Release the Mid-Year Planner Collection for Life is Crafted
  • Continue a yoga home practice
  • Work on brand clarity
  • Editorial calendar for new blog column – ooh can’t wait to share
  • Lots of events to enjoy, including one with Danielle Laporte!
  • Celebrate my birthday
  • Say sayonara-for-now to Dad as he heads back to Europe
  • Reinstate date nights
  • Work on a new planner product
  • Coaching client love sessions
  • Have a video shooting day – lots of content to share!

APRIL IN REVIEW

  • I had a lovely hair treatment at one of the student hair & beauty schools in Sydney. I have to say, each time I’ve been there the students are lovely and do a great job under supervision. I really don’t experience a lot of rudeness going about my daily business and if I do, my empathetic nature tends to explain it away, but I have to say their admin staff, on 5 separate occasions, could have used a bit more joy in their jobs and lives.
  • Haircut with the same hairdresser I’ve had since my mid-00s sleek bob days.
  • Lovely 1 month anniversary date night with The Man at Darling Harbour. Funnily enough, we didn’t realise we were at the one month mark until half way through dinner
  • Girlie date night with Miss C who is about to pop with her first child
  • 10151909_10151945147942331_8486124616284151637_nWonderful skype catch up with UK based coach extraordinaire Jessica Morrod
  • Dinner catch up with newly engaged couple where we drank smoked beer (hello, bacon in liquid format!).
  • Attended the Women as Entrepreneur’s Women Pitch event – met lots of amazing women and heard inspiring pitches
  • Bookshop meandering – I always get extra inspired because they feel like rooms of possiblities!IMG_2271
  • Girlfriend catch ups with coffee and champagne
  • Tax stuff – yay!
  • Hosted an Instagram giveaway for Life is Crafted
  • Did a massive project braindump
  • 10006549_443679582443890_8548650937040657696_nTrip to Perth for my sister’s 30th birthday
  • Caught up with Perth school BFFs, most of whom I’d seen at our recent wedding, but we hadn’t been in the same city as each other for 16 years!
  • 10259791_10154053754610533_4653731933663553652_nUpdated my About Me and Work with Me page
  • Honeymoon planning… hint… Aloha!
  • Lots of journal writing
  • Working on the Life is Crafted Mid-Year range, lots of post office visits, getting projects organised and coaching clients transformed

Make it as you wish Adventuress! Here’s to a Magnificent May 🙂
Arienne

Is life feeling same-old, same-old to you at the moment? Wondering what happened to that girl with the hopes and dreams of a life of satisfying excitement? Want the next few months to be filled with more purpose, passion, clarity and luxe life happiness? Schedule in a complimentary 45 minute chat with me now and let’s do something about it 🙂