In this third and final part of the Your Chapter success series, we are going to take action! Are you ready for this?
If you are new to the site, you’ll want to start this article and worksheet series from the beginning. There are no deadlines; no hard and fast dates to begin or end. It all depends on where you are along your success journey. Begin with these, going in order:
- What Chapter are You on along Your Path to Success?
- What is the Next Chapter along Your Path to Success?
Once you’ve read the articles and completed the worksheets and activities that go along with them, you are ready for Living the New Chapter along Your Path to Success. How exciting!
With all the reflecting and planning you’ve done to set yourself up for an easy/ier first few weeks of your new chapter, you are ready to get started. Where to begin?
Set yourself up for success
The day before you begin, go to your work area and set yourself up to begin quickly the next morning. Start by coming up with a mantra, if you haven’t done so already. It might be ‘You got this, girl!’, ‘I am worth it!’, ‘A little hard work now pays off well later.’, or another saying the means something to you and your desired success. Write this saying down, do some artwork, or even scrap it. Then hang your personal mantra in your work area where you will see it often. You can put it on a clipboard to hang, or even frame it. Make it look nice. Make it important.
Be sure your calendar or planner has all the important dates in it, from school events for children to upcoming meetings; even those much-needed nights of pampering yourself.
Next you will want to make a list of the top three things you want to accomplish on the first day of your new chapter. Write them down as they come to you, then order them from one to three according to what is most important to start with. Start the next morning with item number one. (You’ll find a list outline with the printouts for this article!)
Take out your ideas journal and list any ideas for your business that may be making an appearance in your head. Even if you don’t think you’ll ever use them, or you think the ideas are silly or just wouldn’t work, write them down. At some point in the future one or more of those ideas might morph into something usable to create the successful career lifestyle you desire.
Before leaving your work area, be sure it is clean and organized, and put any important files or supplies you’ll need the next day on your desk, so you wont have to look for them the next morning.
I keep at least one candle on my desk at all times. I light it sometimes to meditate on what I want to manifest in my writing life, as well as other areas. If you do the same, now is a good time to light one for positive energies and successful vibes in your business.
Before ending each work day, do these things:
- Look at your mantra, and say the words aloud and with meaning.
- Be sure your work space is comfortable and efficient.
- Check your calendar for anything that’s coming up over the next few days.
- Make your top three list, and number them in order of importance.
- Put any ideas into your ideas journal. (You may not have ideas every day or even every week. This is fine, as long as you are writing them down when you do.)
- Clean up your work space – organizing things, dusting the laptop off, taking out the trash, filing things you wont need the next day – whatever needs to be done.
- Pull files you’ll need the next day/week, placing them on your desk along with any supplies you know you’ll need.
- Do you want to meditate on your business? Now is the time to do so.
- Do something to unwind. Play a game with your children. Go for a walk. Do some yoga. Journal. Bathe by candlelight. Whatever works for you.
It’s not always easy to stay motivated, but it’s important. What can you do to keep yourself motivated along your path to success?
- If you already have your mantra posted in a prominent area of your work space, you can look at it any time for inspiration. If not, why not come up with one now. You can make it a fun family project, with each of you coming up with your own mantra or positive thought, drawing or scrapping it, and then framing it.
- Create playlists of upbeat, motivational, or other songs that help you to get moving. Listen to a playlist of five or six songs each day before starting work.
- Let people know about your success. Talking about what you are doing can help you to stay motivated.
- Post your top goal(s) for this chapter in your life. Are you writing an eGuide to go along with your site? Planning for your first once-a-month cooking weekend? Wanting to build closer relationships with your children? Whatever the goal(s), write them down and hang them in a prominent place. Look at your list each day to remind yourself what you are working toward. Decorate your list in any way you like. I love to scrap, so I’ve scrapped a page and hung it on a clipboard. You might prefer to frame your page.
Tips for staying on track
Sometimes staying on track isn’t easy, even when you are motivated. Other times, a lack of motivation is the main factor. Depending on your personal situation at any given time, these tips will help you to keep going:
- Start your day with a lemon water, a workout of some type, and a healthy, filling breakfast.
- Scheduling a regular lunch and breaks let’s your mind know it has something to look forward to on the days when staying on track seems impossible.
- Knowing you get a treat during those breaks is even better. Sit on the back porch during your breaks, and allow yourself a small piece of fancy chocolate with your tea or coffee. Take yourself out to lunch at your favorite local restaurant. Make it special.
- Play your favorite music to keep peppy, if it wont interfere with your productivity.
- Be sure the people in your home, and those who like to visit or call, know when you are working, to keep interruptions from happening as much as possible.
- Take a break when you feel stuck or frustrated; go for a walk to clear your mind. You’ll come back to the job refreshed; possibly with new ideas.
- Think positive thoughts when things go awry. Don’t let negative thoughts drown you. It’s not worth it. Practice positive thought control daily.
- Keep a running list of ideas. New ideas will pop into your head at inconvenient times, and you’ll want to write them down quickly to get them out of your head before getting right back to work. (See the Ideas Journal Project above.)
- Prepare each evening for what you will be working on the next day.
- Keep healthy snacks close-by.
- Have a word of the year? I’ve scrapped mine and hung it on my wall to inspire me to stay motivated.
In what ways do you stay on track? We are all interested in hearing about them, so feel free to share.
Take care of you
No matter what success path you are on, taking care of yourself is an important step. If you aren’t taking care of yourself, you’re not truly taking care of your business. You will burn out, and it will do a job on your bottom line. Make taking time for yourself a priority. How?
- Be sure you are doing something for yourself each day.
- Morning routines help you through your day. Wear a cute shirt, put your hair up, and have a cup of tea while sitting outside.
- Take a long, relaxing bath once a week, and quick, rejuvenating showers the other days.
- Practice the art of journaling. Writing down your feelings, things you are excited about, and whatever else you want. Doing so has a therapeutic effect.
- Spend time each day and week bonding with your children. It feels good to sit down at the kitchen table and talk with your children, to play a game of Go Fish with them, or to tell stories before bed. Catching up with them regularly shows them you are present.
- Hang out with friends. Take one along on your walks, and enjoy lunch once a week with another. These relations are important.
- Be sure you’re also strengthening bonds with extended family. If you are present in the lives of loved ones, you are also caring for yourself.
- Schedule a personal day every three or four months.
- Schedule two days off each week, preferably in a row.
- Schedule a one week vacation every six or twelve months, at least.
- Schedule holidays off.
- Consider how you can lessen your workload when the children are on vacation from school. You’ll wear yourself too thin, causing more stress and possible illness for yourself, if you keep working full-force while taking care your family and home full-time as well. Figure into your schedule how you might get ahead on some things beforehand, how your children might help out a little more during vacations, and how you can have more free time to hang out with them. Your mind and body will thank you if you give them a bit of a break during busier times such as these.
- Try having a lazy morning once a week, where you don’t have to do anything: Work, cleaning, and errands be damned!
- Binge-watch your favorite show before beginning the next chapter of your life.
Do things for yourself. It’s important to your well-being.
How to complete the worksheets
- Either print the worksheets to add to your planning binder, or write the answers (when we get to that step) into your journal.
- Read this article.
- Read over the worksheets.
- Take time to think about each section of the worksheets before answering. Do this by grabbing a cup of tea (or coffee), your binder or journal and a pen, and heading to comfortable place to sit, relax, and spend some time reflecting on your past and present life circumstances in relation to the sections of the worksheets.
- Answering the questions, using the information below, embracing what has worked and letting go of what hasn’t.
- Reflecting on your answers while waiting for the next article and worksheets in the series.
You’re not being graded. No one is going to see your work unless you want them to. I’m here to help, if you need me to. Just comment on the post. If you live near Orono, Maine, we can have a meet-up. Let me know what you need, so I can see if there is any way I can help.
Use these worksheets to help you along your way.
Happy, Successful Living!