It’s Motivational Monday!
Are you motivated today? What in the world is “Motivational Monday” you ask? It’s my unofficial designation for taking all the inspiration I’ve encountered in recent weeks and putting it into action.
Last week I spent some time with a fellow blogger/writer friend to brainstorm on ideas for our writing projects and goals for the year. One of the ideas we came up with was to form a partnership strategy to motivate each other to keep going. We agreed to communicate by email at the beginning and end of each week to push each along and report our progress to each other. I wrote about this briefly in my last blog post; if you have to answer to someone other than yourself, you may be more successful at staying on target.
Another strategy I’ve decided to employ is to use my Outlook calendar to its fullest potential. Although I always use it for meetings and appointments as well as for reminders to myself to help me to get things done, I’ve taken it a step further. Sunday evening I decided what I’d like to accomplish in terms of professional and personal projects. I calendared these items and then printed out my calendar for the week and posted it on my white board so I have a visual to glance at as I go through my week. I am also a “lister” so this calendar also became my list for this week so I can check things off. As a dedicated lister, this helps me stay in touch with my progress. I know others are successful with mental lists, but for me I find that seeing it in black and white gives me the ambition to keep plugging away. My mental list gets so large that it is overwhelming for me. It’s my ADHD or OCD – call it what you will!
These are the first two strategies I am using for 2012. What about you? Do you have a story, strategy or comment? Share with me!
- Do You Hang a Calendar in Your Home? (apartmenttherapy.com)
- I’d like to live in a calendar. (gloriagattardotcom.wordpress.com)
- Practical Applications for Your Cell Phone Calendar (mycricket.com)
- Claudia Just Saying