How many times have you said on New Years Eve that this year is the year you will change?
How many times did you actually change?
What do you think went wrong?
How can you avoid the constant disappointment in yourself?
Every year, these questions would be on my mind as I watched myself fail miserably and not obtain any of the goals I set for myself.
It wasn’t until recently that I realized why I keep failing…I’m setting myself up for failure instead of success!
So how do I break the cycle and set myself up for success you ask? It’s actually very simple, and you don’t have to spend a ton of time (or money) on simplifying your life.
It’s all about categorizing your tasks or challenges (or in our case right now your area’s of your life) into one of four different categories: Easy, Medium, Hard, Extremely Hard.
You can do this one of two ways: Written on your paper already is your list, and your categories. I suggest getting out four different colored highlighters and assign each category a color. I did it similar to a stop light: Easy=Green, Medium=Yellow, Hard=Orange, Extremely Hard=Red.
The second way – Excel, type up your area’s and using the highlight tool, change the cell the color represented for each category. I prefer to do this step in Excel because it will make the next few steps easier as we go through the process. If you don’t have Excel, you can get Open Office for free and use their program that is similar to Excel.
Once you define your colors, look back at your list and start categorizing your area’s by what you think will be the easiest area to change, the medium, hard or extra hard areas as well.
You may have to actually think about this a little longer than you’d think, because I found that as I was reflecting on these area’s tonight I struggled with picking the easier areas but knew right away what the extremely hard areas would be.
Feel free to use my guide in the photo above to help you out.
This is your homework. If you aren’t quite sure, think about it before you categorize. You can add, remove, or change your areas at this time as well.
The object is to identify the easier area’s to battle FIRST as they will show you success. You save the harder items for last, but yet you’ll soon learn, we will actually be working on them alongside of the easy ones. I promise, this will all come together for you as we go through the processes over the next few days.
In the meantime, rest knowing you are simplifying your life already just by doing these steps!