New year, new me. It seems like that is what everybody says in January. It’s a great mindset, except if lacks something-a plan. If you really want to have a better year than the last, you need modify your current situation. Development, both career and personal, takes grit. You have to be organized if you are going to put those plans into action. That is all easier said than done. Trust me, I speak from experience.
I would start off with these amazing ideas, just to quit two weeks later. Then I decided something has to change. I did some self-reflecting and evaluating to determine what I want gain from my life. Trying new things is pretty scary. If you are going to push yourself, you need to have a reason and a strategy to get to that point. Organization is the key and grit is the fuel.
A good cup of coffee and you’re ready to go, right? Great, you now have the motivation to start your day. The difference between motivation and grit is that motivation is that initial force that starts the ball rolling; grit is what will push it up the hill.
Motivation is not a bad thing. It is the beginning of the learning process. If you weren’t motivated try new things, life would be pretty boring. Like I said earlier, trying new things is scary. I am no exception. But if we stayed in kindergarten because it was comfortable, would we have gotten the chance to meet that really nice kid in algebra class? Think about it.
Being scared doesn’t mean that you’re not motivated and having grit is what is going to push you past the initial stages. Grit is described as being a strength of character. It means you won’t give up when things get hard. You might want to…but you won’t..hopefully.
Having that characteristic will set you apart from others, because, when everyone else is quitting, you will still be pushing for your goals. Keep in mind that it can be lonely at times. You are not taking the easy route. This means you might not be able to relate to other people, because they won’t have the same experience as you.
This is where motivation comes into play. When you want to quit, think about why you initially pursued an idea or relationship. Think about how far you have come since then, whether it’s in knowledge or experience.
When things look bleak, turn to your family or friends for support. I recently posted about fun things to do in the winter, as well as pick-me-ups when you are feeling down. If you get stuck, have a system of ideas in place, so you can keep progressing.
While having a good work ethic is fine and dandy, it’s nothing if you are not organized. What’s the point of challenging yourself if everything falls apart, because you can’t find the right papers or you don’t remember when you scheduled that important meeting. Organization gives you the means to create a life for yourself that you enjoy.
As we all know, planners are the key to organizing your schedule, but it needs to be the right planner. When you are looking for an agenda, make sure it is one that works with your natural thought process. My planner is perfect for jotting down a few important notes or appointments. Other planners that I’ve tried are great for organizing every moment of your day.
Personally, I prefer a concise to-do list over a planned schedule, but you might be the opposite. You could also like decorating your planner with fun stickers and ribbons. If you don’t know what works for you, try making your own layout for a week. Then, when you are shopping, you can find the agenda that aligns best with your needs.
One tip I learned from Ruth Soukup is that you should prioritize your responsibilities. If you feel like you are constantly not finishing important tasks because little things come up, make sure you are organizing your responsibilities into a must do, should do, and can do list. Start with the things that will make the biggest impact, like applying for that job position, then continue your way down the list. The little things will always be there, but they won’t get you to where you want to go.
When your goals are organized, you can easily figure out what to tackle first, and life won’t be so overwhelming. Nothing has to be perfect and everything doesn’t have to be in place. Work towards having an environment, both mentally and physically, that allows you to perform at your best. Don’t compare someone else’s happy place to yours. Live out your dreams by making a plan that works for you, and make sure that you stick to it. I wish you guys all the best!
Let me know in the comments below if you actually use you planner as often as you should. (Sometimes, I don’t.)
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