Tony Robbins talks about how sometimes the reason we don’t make progress in our lives is because we’re overwhelmed. He says in response, you should take your hundreds of to do list items, and chunk them into 5-9 larger, and that this will help you make progress.
This is how.
Step 1 to get around this is to do a brain dump – just write down all of the crap you have on your plate this week. Either stuff you have to do, want to do, should do but probably won’t, all of it gets written down. Because carrying it around in your head is just stressful and useless.
Step 2 is to look over your list, and categorize them. What categories should you use? TR suggests the most common areas of life mastery: health, meaning & emotions, relationships, time, work/career/mission, finances, and spirituality. That’s sounds good to me but I think tweaking the categories to work for you is totally encouraged.
Step 3 is to then look and come up with an all encompassing goal per category.
So, as an example, let’s say some things on my list are to work out, eat right, go grocery shopping, make a big pot of yummy soup in bulk to eat over the next few days. These are to do items on my list because I’m trying to drop body fat – 20 pounds of it. So you could say that my goal is to joyfully live a healthy life so that my body reflects my healthy lifestyle.
A bad example of this is saying your goal is to run 10 miles today, when your goal is really to just lose body fat and enjoy the process. This doesn’t work because it keeps you focused on the trees rather than the forest, and the first time you fail to get through 10 miles, and only do 2 or 3 for example, you’ll feel like you failed. Also, if you’re not a fan of running, the running goal shouldn’t be on your list in the first place, because you don’t enjoy it. So side note, make sure you really crystallize the goals you end up stating.
Ideally you’d have 5 to 9 areas like this, with 5 to 9 goals. And TR claims focusing on just the 5 to 9 goals, rather than a to do list hundreds of items long, is more invigorating and will help you manage your stress.
The only thing I have to add is that this is a really good way to organize and think about a Vision Board, and I was sort of doing this intuitively. Find your Categories, Name your Goals, and then you can break your vision board up into that many areas, and post your visions in their assigned quadrant. In mine – you can see that living a mindset of joy and gratitude is my goal, and in the upper left corner, everything relates to that concept. I review my vision board every morning. If I have a day I’m not working toward an item on my vision board, that is not a good day. If I have a week where I don’t make any progress on it at all, then my life needs to change. It’s my compass.
Hope it helps, or at least makes ya think,