Start Achieving Your Goals!
It’s no secret that the biggest hurdle bloggers face is to stay focused as they often feel overwhelmed by all the tasks they face on a daily basis.
Then there’s all the new ideas which keep popping into their heads, which only adds to the already long line of tasks that need doing.
So they end up going round and round in circles jumping from one task or project to the next, but never seem to fully complete anything, not of any real significance anyway.
I call this the ‘fly with one wing syndrome’, of which I suffer from!
My lack of focus and ‘task hopping’ is the reason why I designed, and personally use, the 7 day productivity challenge worksheets.
Is this you too? Are you sick of not getting as much done as you intend?
Then come and join me as I set you this seven day challenge to help you be super-productive and start achieving your goals!
“I hereby set you this 7 day productivity challenge”
Why Only 7 Days?
I was initially going to call this the ’30 Day Productivity Challenge’ but then I thought, 30 days is actually quite a long time to stay focused.
Therefore I decided to break it down into a 7 day challenge as that number is much more manageable, and you can actually get a lot done in only seven days.
You can then take a couple of days off to unwind and then simply follow the steps for another seven days and so on.
What Will You Do?
Here’s what you’re going to do for this 7 day productivity challenge:
- Remove distractions
- Download your free worksheets
- Write down and prioritise your goals
- Choose ONE goal for the challenge
- Commit to that ONE goal for 7 days
- Reflect & Reward
- Let me know how you got on
- Do it all over again!
I’m NOT going to dictate what tasks you should do on each day of the challenge.
I must admit, I was initially going to (as in a step-by-step guide), but then decided that this would be a pointless exercise because we all have:
- Different blog business models
- Different goals
- Different projects going on
- Different ways we like to do our marketing
- Different ways we like to work
- Different personalities and home circumstances.
… you get my drift; we’re all so very different and unique!
So me saying to you that on “Day Four: Go out and bag yourself a Podcast interview” would be a waste of time if you’re shy and don’t feel comfortable speaking in public/being interviewed (this is me!)
Or on “Day Six: Go out and find yourself two amazing affiliate programs” if you only want to concentrate on your Etsy store or coaching/consultancy business.
So with that said, let’s move on…
For your 7 day challenge you need to focus 100%. Therefore I would advise you to remove as many distractions as possible.
Home Page & New Tabs Pages
I don’t know about you but I get bored very easy working on my own, feeling a bit isolated.
Therefore, I easily get distracted and tend to surf around looking at Facebook, the Daily Mail Online and any other websites I like to read for pleasure.
This certainly doesn’t help me get my work done or help me meet my goals and this really frustrates me.
So I decided to do something about it.
… starting with the screen which I look at every day for hours on end
My browser’s home page; but more
importantly – the’new tabs’ page!
My home page and ‘new tab’ pages used to look like this:
But now they look like this:
My home page and ‘new tabs’ pages redirect to
Why the picture of a loft conversion?
Because that’s my major goal right now; to get the money together for a loft conversion for my 13 year old son.
So every time I see these images, (which is a lot as I open new tabs all day long) it makes me more determined to get on with my work and to stop procrastinating.
“These images drive me to stop procrastinatingand reach my ‘loft conversion’ goal”
This stops me from seeing and clicking on my most visited sites on the Google ‘new tabs’ pages and instead I see a picture of this loft extension.
Looking at your major goal in pictures!
So why don’t you do the same?
Change your settings in whatever browser you use and display a picture of a major goal (new car, holiday, new house etc..) instead of the distractions which you have right now.
Honestly, it’s one of the best things which I’ve done so far to help me stop procrastinating and get motivated!
… simply by looking at a picture of my goal
“Put images of your major goal on your PC screen;
this really is a very effective motivation strategy”
Note: Google doesn’t let you change the ‘new tabs’ page (dictators!) so use a redirect chrome extension instead.
Block Certain Websites
Going one step further, I suggest you also block certain websites which you find you’re spending too much time on and are stopping you from being productive and getting things done.
Chrome has a Stay Focused extension which let’s you temporary block websites. If you don’t use Chrome, do a search to find something similar for the browser you use.
Now it’s time to download your free worksheets to get started with the challenge. Simply enter your email below.
There are three printable/interactive worksheets (editable PDFs).
Worksheet #1 ’My Blogging Goals’
Worksheet #2 ’My 7 Day Productivity Challenge’
Worksheet #3 ’Reflect & Reward’
You can use these worksheets in two ways:
- Print off and use pen, or
- Type directly onto the PDFs and ‘save as’
Worksheet #1 ‘My Blogging Goals’
Next, go and grab a pen and some lined paper.
Then take some quiet time, sit comfortably and think about all the goals you want to achieve.
These could be direct blogging goals such as ‘create an ebook’, ‘get 5,000 Facebook fans’ or ‘get 2,000 blog visitors per day’.
Or, they could be indirect goals such as ‘get a new car’ or ‘pay for a family holiday’.
DON’T use this worksheet yet. Just scribble down whatever comes into your head on what you would like to achieve.
Once you have your list, then use the ‘My Blogging Goals’ worksheet and prioritise your goals from 1-10.
Worksheet #2 ‘The 7 Day Challenge’
Once you have your list of goals, you need to select goal no.1 and start working towards making this goal happen!
If your first goal is big and you know it’s going to take more than seven days to achieve, simply break it down into bite-sized chunks.
For example, if you want to get to 1,000 blog visitors every day and you’re currently only getting 200, then set a reasonable target of going from 200 to 300 visitors per day within your seven days challenge.
Or if you want to write an ebook, break it down into writing the first chapter within those seven days.
Then keep on re-setting this challenge until you reach your desired goal.
So write down on this worksheet:
- What your goal is that you want to accomplish,
- What date you want it accomplished by (the date of day 7)
- The list of tasks you need to do,
- What tasks you’re going to do on each of the 7 days.
I know this sounds so simple, and it is, but it’s also amazingly effective.
You really do have to try it!
Just remember to choose only ONE goal/project to work on.
Alrighty! So you’ve completed both worksheets and you know which goals you want to achieve and how you’re going to achieve them.
You should at this point already feel a sense of accomplishment, be positive and happy with yourself.
And it’s perfectly OKay to feel this way as you now have a clear vision and a plan of how you’re going to move your business forward over the next seven days.
So now it’s time to decide when you’re going to start your seven day challenge.
Obviously pick a week when you know other things aren’t going on and when you’ll have the least amount of distractions.
Clearly mark your week out in your diary and then commit 100% on your project for the whole of those seven days!
Worksheet #3 ‘Reflect & Reward’
After you’ve completed the seven days, see how far you’ve got.
Did you meet your goal?
Or did you not quite get there? If not, don’t beat yourself up about it.
Instead sit and reflect on what you did right and/or what you did wrong.
Either way, it was a learning experience.
We all learn best from our mistakes, so make sure you take note from any you made by writing them down on this worksheet and then write down how you’re going to do things differently from now on.
So, what’s your first challenge going to be?
Why not commit to it now, today by leaving a comment below and letting me know what your 7 day challenge is going be!
… and don’t forget to come back here and let me know how you got on once you finished your 7 days.
P.S. Know a friend or fellow blogger who would benefit from this challenge?
Then please share the love…