Imagine if you had the next 10 weeks free to work on your goals. No commitments, no distractions, 10 weeks to work solidly on your goals. How much could you get done? Well, I can give you those 10 weeks starting today…
In fact, it’s not me giving you the ten weeks, it’s you giving them to yourself! As with a lot of goal achievement theories, I can give you the ideas, but the action has to come from you.
Here’s how it works – those ten weeks are there for the taking for anybody, and it comes down to 1 hour a day.
If you set aside 1 solid hour a day to work on your goals, over the course of a year that’s 365 days, and going by the rate of a 36 hour work week, that’s 10 weeks.
The idea is simple, in fact it’s so simple that it’s either overlooked or dismissed by most people, and for those people the 10 weeks have gone.
Now, at this point you might be shouting at the screen that it’s not simple at all, that finding an hour a day is a tough call. To be honest, I agree. Well, I agree at least at the start of the process.
To set aside a solid hour every day will fairly inevitably mean cutting down on something else, and that means changing habits. It might mean cutting down on tv, it might mean cutting down on social media surfing, it might well mean cutting down on sleep, but if you cut down 20 minutes on each of those, that’s your hour.
The other thing about habit is that while changing the old ones, you will be replacing them with the new one of the dedicated hour, and this will build momentum, something I’ve written about for many years.
Personally I like to use a timer. It can be any old timer, an alarm clock, and egg timer, a phone alarm, anything, and there’s a wonderful by-product – once you get into the swing of this dedicated hour, when the alarm goes off at the end of it, you will want to finish the immediate task you are on. That’s good, and I suggest you do that.
This means that you will go for maybe 10, 20 or even 30 minutes longer than the hour, and just as the hours add up to 10 weeks over a year, those extra minutes will also add up to extend the 10 weeks to 13, 14, maybe 15 weeks of solid action taking!
Sounds great, doesn’t it! Here are 2 things you shouldn’t do though…
Don’t wait until the start of next year to begin the process, that just wastes all the 1 hour slots you could be using. Also, and this is particularly important at the start of the process, don’t put off the hour by telling yourself you’ll do 2 hours the next day. The harsh truth is that it’s unlikely you’ll do 2 hours the next day. Stick to getting that hour in, whatever it takes.
So, if those are 2 things you shouldn’t do, what should you do to kick the whole thing off?
Well, your first 1 hour slot, and remember this must be on a timer and with no distractions, is to sit down and make sure you know what your goal is, that you can write it down clearly defined.
Then, if you haven’t already, work back as best you can from that goal to where you are now, writing down the steps you need to take to get there. This will lead you to working out the very next step you need to take to move you closer to your goal.
Then you take that step.
It could be that working out the plan takes up the whole hour (or more if you decide to run over as I mentioned!) That’s fine, it’s ok if it takes up the hour slot for 2 days, or 3 days, you are moving forwards the whole time.
I love this concept, because although it’s hard work and requires sacrifice, the end result is so much time dedicated to your goal, that you *will* move faster towards it, you cannot fail to.
As ever, the choice is down to you, and it’s just that – your choice. You can choose to give it a go. Blimey you could start today, and you’ll start seeing result almost immediately. You’ll also feel the results as your mindset start to shift.
Or, you can dismiss the idea without even trying it. You won’t be the first to do that, and you won’t be the last, but every day you dismiss it without trying it is another hour you stay away from your goal. In a week’s time while you’re still dismissing the idea, others who are trying it will have a day of dedicated time under their belt.
If you really can’t get an hour in, if it’s really only 30 minutes you have free, then don’t give up on the idea. Those 30 minute sessions still add up to 5 solid weeks of time towards your goal. As it happens, if you start with 30 minutes, it won’t take long for you to start seeing the value, and the time you find will stretch!
So, look to your goal. Ask yourself how valuable it would be to have 10 weeks of solid uninterrupted time to work on that goal. It could be that today is not suitable to make it the first day, that’s fine – bookmark this article if so, to give you impetus when you come back.
Then it’s down to you. 1 hour a day. I’ve given you the idea, taking action on it, or not, is your choice – which way will you go?
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‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
P.S. Why not check out my 8 Step Goal Achievement Formula – this free video series will help to focus what you do with your new 1 hour slots!