One of the toughest things about navigating the world right now is that so many folks are both mentally and physically tired.
Given this, while setting the vision for the second half of your year, and the important work you want to do, my best recommendation is to set aside some time for deep rest.
Turn off your phone.
Chuck your chores.
Cancel your social dates.
And just do what you need to do for some deep rest.
For those of you in love partnerships like me, you may trade off rest blocks to give each other a break.
If you are not, call on a friend who can perform the same task, trading time for each of you to rest while the other watches children/pets/plants.
Rest is essential.
Shift to planning mode
When you feel more clear-headed, go to a place where you:
A) feel good
B) have all the tools you need to plan (paper, colored markers, or your favorite app)
C) have a block of time to reflect on the following things:
Articulate your vision:
- What do you want to create?
- Why do you want to create it?
- Who is it for?
- Why now?
- Why you?
Define your plan:
- What are the individual components?
- What resources do you need to accomplish them?
- Which systems do you need to support them?
- When does each part need to be accomplished?
(Scope, block and tackle can help)
Plot your tasks in time blocks:
- What do you need to get done in the next 12 months?
- What do you need to get done this quarter?
- What do you need to get done this month?
- What do you need to get done this week?
- What critical task do you need to complete today?
(My simple planning tool video can help)
If you have trouble answering these questions by yourself, consider doing it with a friend who has a complementary skill set and is good at planning.
Each of you can have some reflection time, as well as help each other to refine and organize your ideas.
This planning may require two time blocks. If you don’t get everything done in one sitting, please schedule the next block before you shift focus to something else.
Planning is essential to keep us moving forward despite personal challenges, economic challenges, social challenges and political challenges.
It is normal to be inclined to shut down, tune out or lean back when faced with difficulty or economic challenge.
By resting and focusing, you can plot your deliberate role in your life and business and become a force for change.
We need you. We need all of us working together.