So, a couple of weeks ago I told you I needed to change my way of working so that I was doing less “busy work” and more important stuff. However, since then I seem to have spiralled into a vortex of unimportant crap leaving me with urgent deadlines when there shouldn’t have been.
- Take this blog post for example: I’m writing it late on Monday night when I’ve had over a week to get it ready.
- Take my latest Yoga Teacher Training as another example: I’ve known since January that the course would be starting in May but, since my big push at the OM Yoga Show in April I haven’t done a thing to promote the course and so the numbers are lower than I would’ve liked and we’re now starting a month later than planned.
- Then take my new online business course – Stretch Your Biz – as a final example: Other than the initial emails and couple of social media posts when I revealed the sales page I have done ZERO to advertise it and so I have zero clients to show for it.
I am currently in a situation where I have created these things which are very important to me but I am sabotaging them by not scheduling tasks properly and making everything in my life seem urgent rather than important. This type of activity is discussed in the Eisenhower decision matrix or, more simply, the Eisenhower Box which is shown below.
By making everything urgent I have made myself reactive but by focusing on what is important I will once again become creative. So, I am now looking at the things in my life and deciding to get rid of the not urgent & not important (stop the endless Facebook scrolling); to minimise the urgent & not important (only check emails twice a day and certainly not first thing in the morning); to dedicate time to the important & not urgent (planning and structuring the Stretch Your Biz course) and getting on with the urgent & important (sending out emails about the Yoga Teacher Training and Stretch Your Biz).
I now urge you to do the same. Look at what you’ve got going on in your life and decide which quadrant each task fits into and what you’re going to do about each. Then, only if you have time, send me an email and let me know how you’re getting on.
And, in line with what I’ve just said, expect to see a few more emails from me in the next couple of weeks explaining about the StretchBodyMind Yoga Teacher Training and Stretch Your Biz and how you can be a part of the StretchBodyMind world.