One of my ongoing challenges is a tendency to get over-focused on one thing and let other important pieces of the puzzle slide. This week I started doing something to help keep me on track on multiple fronts.
It's pretty simple, really. I'm segmenting my to-do list so it consists of several columns, rather than one big laundry list. Each column is an area that I need to focus on. If I commit to getting something done in each column every day, by default I keep all the balls I need to juggle in the air.
How could you apply that idea to pursuing your passion? What columns would you have in your to-do list? What balls do you have in the air that you need to make sure you don't drop? Where do you need to maintain momentum?
Those columns will be different for everybody, of course, and will vary over time for any given individual. As an example, right now for me those columns are:
Structure: I need to develop the structure and systems to take what I'm doing to the next level. The to-do items in this column incorporate that development into my daily habit.
Product: I want to expand my product offering (books, audiobooks, an interactive Occupational Adventure Guide course, etc.). With this column, I get consistent daily traction on that.
Promotion: Of course, I need to make sure that I do something each day that keeps the marketing and promotion momentum going.
Connection: This column ensures that I reach out and make at least one interesting, stimulating, non-client connection each day so I don't isolate and stagnate.
Maintenance: The items in this column are just the mundane things that I need to get done that I inevitably procrastinate.
As I'm using it, this idea is limited to a handful of areas that I want to make daily progress on. But the idea could be applied just as easily to a more complex to-do list that includes things I want to be sure to do on a weekly basis, or a monthly basis. It could incorporate both work and non-work elements (family, hobbies and leisure activities, health, etc.).
Any spreadsheet junkies out there want to come up with a template? ;-)
Brought to you by Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM