Tomorrow, I’m going to wake up early, go to the gym, have a healthy breakfast, finish Projects X, Y and Z, go grocery shopping, clean the house and be in bed by 10.
We all know how this story ends.
The alarm goes off, we hit the snooze button, end up waking up late, and the entire day is thrown off because we started it by failing at our first goal.
It’s really frustrating; I know, because I’ve fallen victim to it myself many times.
Instead of making grand plans for tomorrow, here are two steps you can take TODAY to actually get stuff done, and feel good about it.
Stop what you’re doing, set aside the next hour or two, and do the single scariest task that you’d love to be done with today.
Seriously. Do that now. Don’t even read the rest of this post until you’re done. Come back in an hour and read the next step, it’ll still be here.
[If you’re just reading this without completing Step One, then Step Two is to smack yourself, do Step One, then come back and treat the next part as Step Three. Repeat until you’re finished with Step One.]
Nice work! You’ve accomplished something you really didn’t want to do, and that’s a hell of a lot more productive than planning.
Now harness that feeling of accomplishment and complete this small step to make tomorrow a success, too: do one thing that’ll make tomorrow’s single scariest task easier.
Keep this simple; the goal is to lower the barrier to completing tomorrow’s big task.
Need to write a proposal? Create an outline with section titles that you’ll fill in.
Need to do research for a project? Make a list of the sites and topics you want to look into.
Need to work out before starting work? Put your gym clothes right next to your bed so you can’t miss them.
Now, not only have you accomplished something today, but you’ve laid the groundwork to do the same tomorrow.
And best of all, the snooze button can’t do a damn thing to ruin it.