Now let’s bring in the time management module of the goals formula that was highlighted in the last post – Discipline + Hard Work + Time Management = Goal Achievement. I don’t believe in the theory that to form a habit you need to do it for 21 days, which is a commonly held principle in motivational theories. I believe it takes 30 days. During this 30 days, you eliminate your distractions; you quit making excuses; you do your daily goal achievement actions (Write it down, Say it aloud, Read it, and bring in the 5 senses); and most importantly you are disciplined and learn to quit wasting valuable time. Most people use the excuse that they lack time. They don’t have enough time; they have children and need to spend more time with their kids; they have to work long hours; and they just don’t have enough hours in the day. These excuses are really barriers. You can overcome your time barriers whether you realize it or not.
As the Great Ben Franklin quote states, “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” We continue to hear again and again, get up early and plan your day – it’s a critical part of goal setting. Here is what may surprise you: IT DOES NOT TAKE MUCH TIME. It does take dedication. I recommend you get up 10-15 minutes earlier each day to dedicate time to write and speak aloud your goals – and then 10-15 minutes before bedtime, repeat. By beginning and ending your day this way, you create a rising-and-setting routine. You don’t have to interrupt your day to do it – you merely bookend your day with these routines. By avoiding the activity as a mid-day habit, you avoid the common pitfall of distractions. We all know how a day can fall apart with various interruptions and “stuff just happens.”
Do this for 30 days and you will be amazed how things start to change in your life and move you closer to your goals. You don’t need to micromanage everything and write down lists and to-do lists for every goal. Just pick a few in the morning after writing them down and do something – even if it’s just one thing that needs to be completed for the goal to be achieved. For example, if I am writing a book with a specific aggressive deadline, and with my busy schedule, it’s important that I make time on my calendar either early or late to write some additional content every day to get to my publisher. I don’t write down pages of to-do lists, just some general guidelines.
Start today and don’t procrastinate!
By Wayne Kurtz
Wayne Kurtz is founder of RaceTwitch.com and Endurance Racing Report, he has a lifelong passion for racing in various endurance sport races throughout the world. He is also the author of: ‘Beyond the Iron, a training guide for ultra-distance triathlons.’