The Secret to Getting Things Done!

Hi Ya’ll,

Have trouble getting stuff done?  Needing help staying accountable for what you want to do in life?   I got a great idea for you!

Set yourself up for success with an accountability partner.  It’s been amazing for me.   I’ve recently started this and it’s super helpful.  Once a week I meet with a friend and we go over what we did the previous week and what we’ll do next week.

(Send an email to info@flynnyoga.com and I’ll email you the template we’ve created for out meetings.  It’s super effective!)

I’ve created this video to go over what’s helped make my meetings super effective.  Now I’m more focused and getting stuff done…like this video!

 

Here are a few additional tips on the five points in the video:

  1. Regular Meeting time.  Not only do you want to meet at the same time every week you also want to commit to this for AT LEAST three months to fully develop the habit of meeting.  It’s very easy to let it go during the first month.  Put it in your calendar for at least three months.  Remember it takes at least one month to develop a habit.  Stick with it, the rewards are many!
  2. Have a spreadsheet.  This is mandatory for tracking how things are going.  Try this:  have a list of categories across the top.  They could be writing projects, home improvement, family relationships etc.  My categories are workshop projects, comedy projects, finances, and community.  I suggest no more than 3-5 columns.  You don’t need to put everything on here.  Set yourself up for success and not overwhelm.Under each category put in just ONE task that you want to accomplish in the next week.  Keep it doable.  Before your next meeting you populate the next row with what you actually did that week.  The row after that you’ll populate at the end of your meeting with what you’ll do the next week.  And don’t forget to send me an email for my sample template.Bonus Tip:  At the start of all this I’d say 85% of the time I overestimated what I thought I could get done.  I felt discouraged at most of those meetings until I realized I needed to have more realistic expectations of what I could get done.  For the first month keep the tasks simple so you can start achieving successes.
  3. Finding an amazing partner.  I suggest reaching out to a few different people.  Interview your peeps!  See how serious they are.  Ask them what their goals are for the next year or two.  Partner with someone who’s already on a path.  Avoid those who are only talking about what they want to do and not doing.  You want someone who’s already developed a bit of momentum.  Also I don’t suggest a romantic partner to work with, keep your relationship your relationship.
  4. Taking ownership.  Create agreements with you partner for when you miss the mark.  I like a three strikes and then revisit approach.   If you’ve not done your task after three weeks it’s time to dive deeper and ask “why”.   Maybe the task needs to be broken into smaller chunks, maybe it’s actually not the most important task to do or maybe there is some old story/emotional barrier keeping you from moving forward.  Talk to your partner about it, as the weeks go on you’ll get clarity.
  5. Celebrate successes.  Not only do you NOT want to get down on your partner or yourself, you do want to celebrate you successes! Celebrating success is how you become even more successful.When you or your partner nail something on your list say out loud “Yes!” and put your arms up in the air (I totally do this).   Bringing in the physical movement is a wake up call to your brain that you’ve been successful.  You literally start to rewire your brain to focus on the wins.  Get your brain working for you!

I’m loving my weekly meetings.  It’s inspiring and challenging.  There are days when I can’t wait to get on Skype with my partner and share what I’ve done and days when I got my tail between my legs a bit, but I know either way I’m learning and building my accountability muscles which leads me more quickly to the life I’m creating.  So do it and let me know how it goes!

Daniel

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