This new business model I’m developing, where I work from home more, have more remote clients and get to live the life I love, requires a great deal of self-discipline — something I thought I had a lot of. We know now that this is not true.
After a summer off and some foot surgery, I found it very difficult to get back into a routine with some structure. A friend of mine is setting up a coaching business and I helped her with her website and in return she’s coaching me. She’s the one who told me to eat the frog: first thing, everyday, do that one miserable task that’s hanging over your head. Do it first. Eat the frog.
To achieve some self-discipline, I created a schedule. Of course, I already had a schedule and huge list of To Dos. Somehow, though, those things weren’t getting done. I was used to seeing items on my schedule and ignoring them. But Sarah coached me to stay focused, respect the schedule and get things done.
I’ve seen results from this. I didn’t feel like swimming this morning when I got up, but I went anyway because it was on the schedule. I didn’t swim very hard or far, but I went. And afterward, I got a couple great insights. I know I often get my best ideas when I’m active: running, swimming, walking, cycling. And that’s what happened this morning.
So now I’m respecting my schedule, achieving laser-like focus and getting things done! How awesome is that?
What do you do to stay focused? When are you most productive? Where do you get your best ideas?