30 Day Challenge to Invest in Yourself First – Day #2
Over the next 30 days let us strive to invest in ourselves first by blocking out at least 5% of our waking hours for ourselves. From a micro level this works out to about 5 hours each week. From a macro level it adds up to at least 260 hours per year! Imagine the changes you will experience by investing specific blocks of TIME in yourself to reflect, re-focus and realign your goals on a consistent basis.
On Day #1 of the 30 Day Challenge the focus was on letting your thoughts flow and begin to listen to what matters most to you. A journal might help you quickly capture thoughts and ideas down while you continue to reflect. It can also be a great resource to track your progress and growth over time.
For Day #2 of the 30 Day Challenge think about what your personal goals and priorities might have in common. Look for themes or patterns that emerge. Identify several overarching areas that you want to accomplish, improve or eliminate. Some examples that became clear for me were being more active, spending time outdoors, learning, collaborating and working on projects.
Group goals and priorities that complement each other. Next, evaluate each group to help you develop a game plan. Here are a few suggestions:
- Priority – from most urgent/critical to the least
- Time – frequency, duration, planning, implementing
- Barriers – physical, emotional, environmental
- Return on Investment (Purpose) – Health, Relationships, Finances
As you work through this exercise add any other gauges that come up. It’s really important to consider how you want to measure each area. Clear metrics make it easy to know what needs to change, how to change it, what the end goal will be and progress along the journey.
I’m looking forward to hearing your suggestions on metrics and measurements for tracking your progress.