FOCUS: Time, Energy, Money

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One of the best ways to focus your time, energy, and money is to set a goal. Goals enable you to go from hoping and wishing to manifesting what you truly desire.

Keeping track of how you are managing your resources in support of your goals is critical to success.

In preparation for the week ahead, I invite you to reflect on the following question. 

Is the way I am spending my time, energy, and money helping me create the life that I truly desire? If the answer isn’t a resounding yes, please read on.

Take Action:

Keep track of how you are spending your time, energy, and money in a journal or notebook every day for the next seven days. Use the results to see where you need to make adjustments to make progress toward your goals. Small changes on a weekly basis can have a tremendous effect.

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All the best,

Ruthann

Make the most of your time

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Be mindful of how you are spending your time. It is one of your most precious resources and it is inextricably linked to your life. The way you spend your time is the way you spend your life. Spend it wisely. ūüôā

Here are a few strategies that can help you make the most of your time:

  • Know your purpose/mission in life and let it be your guide.
  • Set clear, purpose-driven goals.
  • Plan and prioritize tasks related to your goals.
  • Create a schedule and stick to it.
  • Focus on results/getting things done; not on being busy.
  • Be willing to say no to people and activities that are not in alignment with your goals.

The key to making the most of your time is to stay laser focused on what truly matters in your life.

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All the best,

Ruthann

Mid-Year: Review, Reflect, Keep Moving Forward

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It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through the year. It’s a good time to pause and reflect on the first half of the year to see where you are versus where you hoped to be this time of the year. Make an effort to look back at the first half of the year without getting stuck in feelings of guilt or regret if you are off track. The goal of a mid-year evaluation is to review, reflect, correct (as appropriate), and keep moving forward.

If you work in a business setting, you are more than likely used to a mid-year assessment related to your role/position. It is also a good practice for other areas of your life. Here are a few questions for you to consider:

  • What have I accomplished year to date?
    • Consider all of your life areas (e.g., career, finances, health & fitness, etc.)
    • Celebrate your accomplishments no matter how big or small.
  • What didn‚Äôt I accomplish¬†that I really wanted to? Why?
  • Who or what has been my greatest blessing? Why?
  • What did I learn?
  • How did I grow?
  • What am I really committed to?

The last question is important to crystalize as a part of your mid-year evaluation. It will help you to see where you need to make adjustments to your current plan or change course and create a new plan of action.

For your reference, I have provided links to previous posts that are related to this topic.

Be Intentional (includes a downloadable worksheet)

Focus on what truly matters

SMART Goals: Bring Your Desires to Life

Create a Vision Board

Create a Theme for the Year

Keep moving forward! ūüôā

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All the best,

Ruthann

Focus on what truly matters

What we choose to focus on magnifies in our lives. Here are a few strategies that can help you stay focused on what truly matters and create the life that you desire.

Capture what is most important to you in writing

Writing things down helps you clear your mind, organize your thoughts and, ultimately, organize your life. Make a commitment to capture what is most important to you in writing Рyour values, vision, goals, commitments, and so on.

Clarify your personal values

Values are qualities/principles that are most important to you. Your values are the foundation for your life. They inform your life choices and help you set priorities for your life. Take time to clarify your personal values and put them into action.

Create a vision for your life

A vision is a desired future state. Give yourself permission to dream BIG. Create a detailed vision of what you desire for your life and create a plan of action to bring it to life. You may find my post on vision boards helpful. Click here to read the vision board post.

Create awareness of how you are spending your time, energy, and money

Keep track of how you are spending your time, energy, and money (in writing) on a daily basis for the next seven days. It will help you see the degree to which you are (or aren’t) focused on what truly matters. This exercise is¬†seriously eye opening!

Need support? Be True to You is designed to help you focus on what truly matters, one day at a time.focused

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All the best,

Ruthann

SMART Goals: Bring Your Desires to Life

This post was inspired by a mini-workshop that I recently conducted on creating goals, in particular, SMART* goals. The acronym SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound.

Setting goals is a way to bring your desires to life. Goals enable you to go from hoping and wishing to manifesting what you truly desire.

If you work in a business setting, you are more than likely used to setting and achieving goals related to your role/position. However, most people¬†don’t have personal¬†goals (e.g., career, relationship, financial, etc.) that are specific and written down. It is estimated that only¬†3% of people have written goals.

Time is one of your most precious resources. The SMART approach is a great way to create written goals and structure your time.

Questions to consider as you create each goal:

  • Specific: What¬†exactly will you accomplish?
  • Measurable: How will you know when you have¬†reached your goal?
  • Attainable: Is your goal¬†challenging, yet attainable?
  • Relevant: Is your goal¬†clearly linked to your values?
  • Time bound: By what date will you accomplish your goal?

If there is something that you are hoping/wishing to accomplish¬†“someday”, make today the day you give it a deadline, create a plan,¬†and¬†put your plan¬†into action.

Consider using images and/or symbols as visual reminders of your desired outcome (click here to see my post on Vision Boards).

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All the best,

Ruthann

*SMART concept created by George Doran