“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
As entrepreneurs, business owners and/or managers, we are responsible for setting visions and planning, but we are also responsible for reviewing the success of our strategies. We set a goal, determine a process and then “just do it”. However, we must also take time to review if we are staying committed and if we are on track.
Take exercise for example. As a physiotherapist, I regularly review research on what motivates people to exercise and what are barriers for them. What can potentially keep them from doing what they know is healthy, fun, medically necessary and will make them feel physically and mentally better? Being motivated is usually quite easy but determining the barrier(s) to taking the “completion step” can be multi-factorial. Barriers to exercise often include things like time, not liking exercise, having never done it, not knowing what to do, not having the equipment, not having transportation, not having someone to exercise with, fear and cost.
If you have not started your ACE schedule, please go back to last week’s memo for the details and begin this week!
Looking back on your week will enable you to see what worked well and what you might need to “tweak.” Remember, there will always be times when unusual things come up, but they should not be the “norm.” Did you notice at least one barrier? If you answered fatigue, maybe the real problem is you are not getting enough sleep. Was distraction your barrier? Maybe the real problem is always keeping your emails and Facebook open. Pray about the barrier you discovered and ask God to give you wisdom on how you can overcome it.
Give yourself one more week to work on the “A” or “Action” in your ACE Schedule. You have already made a list of what needs to be done and/or completed. I hope you checked off all the completed ones in your planner as that is very gratifying! You may have some new ones to add to your list and/or your schedule this week.
I would encourage you to look at your weekly schedule this week and continue to set meetings for yourself to work on the “A”s. Also, look at the month ahead and see where some of these “meetings” can take place if the project or task is going to take a longer time.
Have a great week!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work