It’s funny how things sneak up on you and you don’t realize it until you take a step back. What I’m talking about is Summer and all the little, non rei related, things that come up and slow down any resemblance of momentum. The sad part is, during this part of the year, my subconscious mind seems to make all the decision of what I should be doing without consulting the rational part. If you’ve read the book Switch by Chip & Dan Heath it’s a classic case of the elephant overpowering the rider.
Once the weather starts getting nice and the days get longer your friends and family are always pulling you away from your rei schedule. The last two Fridays, of which I have half days off from work, I was asked to play golf and I did. The problem was that I had already planned on finishing up some of my REI tasks such as putting together the next letters to mail and doing some networking, but never got to it cause I went and played golf with some friends.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s very good to get out and be with friends and family and I recommend you do so. Just don’t get caught up in filling up your free (rei potential) time to consistently or it will kill your momentum like it did mine. Hang out with friends as a reward to yourself only after finishing your goals for the week.
In the past I probably would not have caught myself falling into the summer trap so soon, but I’ve learned from prior experience to step back every few weeks and see which direction I’m pointing. Now I can readjust and get back on track and salvage what ever is left of my momentum.
To help me really I’m going to use Probate Monday as a place where I’m posting my weekly probate goals/tasks. In the past this has helped me really get moving.
These three goals below will be accomplished before I do anything else this week. There won’t be any work on SI Lead Manager, playing golf or anything else until my goals are completed. If I complete everything by Friday then I’ll reward myself with golf or hanging out with friends. Sound good?
1) Put Probate Letters in the Mail
2) Make sure I have enough supplies for next mailing and get what I need
3) Send out follow up postcards from last mailing