This is Day #4 of the 30 Day Challenge. Rather than focusing on investing money in yourself first, this challenge is going a step further and challenging readers to invest TIME in themselves before anything or anyone else.
On Day #1 we talked about some ways to get started with your first block of TIME. Allow yourself an opportunity to clear the mental clutter and begin to listen closely to your dreams, goals and priorities. On Day #2 we practiced writing down the thoughts that came to mind, those dreams and goals. Then we grouped any of them that had similarities or things in common. Next, for Day #3 we took a step towards evaluating each of those goals in terms of Priority.
Continuing with the idea of evaluating each goal to get a better sense of what is needed to accomplish each one, consider the element of TIME. Go back to the list you created on Day #3 after you placed them in order of Priority. Work through each goal and think through some of the following:
- Frequency – the consistent TIME commitment required (4 times per week, once a quarter, etc)
- Duration – the actual TIME it will take to accomplish the goal (2 years, 6 months, etc)
- Planning – the TIME necessary to create a road-map for success, including clear deadlines and benchmarks to measure progress
- Implementing – the actual investment of TIME it will take from beginning to end, from pre-planning to fully launched
Consider as many details as you can for each. Be as clear and concise about the TIME commitment for each goal. This will help clarify if you will be able to work on more than one at a time. Be sure to give each goal your full attention while you are pursuing it.
Look at your calendar/planner for the rest of the year and the next. Begin to block out specific deadlines, tasks and important dates for the first goal you will be working on. Highlight the day you plan to reach your goal. Make it stand out to help you stay focused.
TIME is so valuable. The more you learn to become intentional with how you invest the hours and days you are given, the more you will experience financial wellness.