Sometimes we feel as if our life is covered in a thick layer of fog and there’s no clarity to be seen for miles. Many little things mess up our daily routine and create stress that keeps us from being in our flow and getting stuff done. We keep going around in circles and getting out of that unproductive loop is pretty hard.
Getting stuff done goes hand in hand with having a long term vision. It’s about seeing what’s beyond the here & now and planning, visualizing and defining the steps to take to get to that place where you want to be – in other words: reaching your goal.
I must admit, sometimes I also have trouble looking at the bigger picture, since I have a natural tendency to deal with whatever comes up in front of me right there & then. It’s not the most relaxed way of dealing with life’s challenges to be honest. So what I do now is to only focus on what’s really important. In fact, I put up a sticky note in front of my pc saying: ‘is this really important?’ to remind me to stop staring at my Facebook wall, turn off my phone or tell my boyfriend that I’m at work when working from home (in other words: ‘don’t talk to me’). It’s not easy, but it’s definitely helping me focus on what I want to get done instead of being distracted all the time.
What’s important and what’s not? That’s the question!
But how do I decide what’s important and what’s not? Well, by linking it to my long term-goal: getting my life-coaching business up & running. Everything else comes second during working hours. Of course, I do deal with the other things at some point, but my priority is my business. It has helped me focus and I’ve noticed that thanks to that I’ve been having more success a.k.a. receiving more requests from potential clients. Not bad, right?
Looking to create more focus, get stuff done quicker and want to feel like you’re spending your time wisely instead of running around continuously putting out fires (like I used to do)? These ten questions will help you clear out the clutter and define the path towards your goal – and finally get that stuff done.
Take some time to sit down, get pen & paper, turn off your phone, close the door, put on your headphones, or whatever feels right, but just make sure no one can disturb you for about half an hour. Remember those little things that can mess up our plans…?
In order to create clarity you must surround yourself with it.
Take this precious time to invest in a future that will consist of loads of ticked-off boxes – and that’s why you decided to read this post in the first place, right?
Let’s get started. Take some time to reflect on the questions and then write down your answers.
- Where are you now?
- What is it about your current situation that you wish was different?
- What part of that is under your direct control?
- What can you do to change your situation for the better in the part that’s under your control?
- Where would you like to be? What does that look, feel, smell like?
- What does getting there mean to you?
- What is standing in your way?
- Who or what could help you get there anyway?
- What kind of person are you when you get there?
- What can you do today to take the first step towards getting there?
What did you take away from this little exercise? I’m curious to know and I hope that was helpful!
This is how coaching works – I ask questions, you reflect on them and find your answers.
Would you like to try it out in real life and meet up? Please send me a message and we’ll get together and start defining your goals right away. I’m looking forward to hearing about all your wonderful plans for the future – and helping you make them happen!