In business and in life we get sidetracked. Bumps in the road. Circumstances beyond our control. Unexpected opportunities and better yet, pleasures that seem to come just when needed. But when we recognize that being sidetracked becomes a habit rather than an occasional daydream, or excuse for not accomplishing your goals, it’s time to take action and get back on track.
Here are 5 easy ways to Stay in the Bowling Lane:
1) Before you go to bed at night write 5 things (rocks) that you need to work on the next day. Keep this list in a place where you’ll see it. These rocks are important to your progress. Start working on them, and you’ve got motion. Inspired action. All good.
2) Find a colleague, friend or mentor who can serve as your accountability partner. If you have to report to them on your progress, and they to you, there’s less chance that either of you will jump lanes. Make a commitment to each other. Make a rule, no man or woman in the next lane!
3) Create a No Drama Zone – one of my favorites. To each of us, a “No Drama Zone” is different. Limit unpleasant interaction, especially during work hours. Strengthen your boundaries. I often tell clients that you can be responsible to people, not for them. Be strong. Focus on where you need to be, not where someone wants to lead you. Stay in your Bowling Lane.
4) Keep your workspace clean. Piles of paper, stacks of unpaid bills, unfinished “to do lists” can cause anxiety. I don’t know anyone who needs more anxiety. Do you?
5) Buy a special notebook, one you love, and draw a “timeline” of your accomplishments — from the beginning of the year, to the end. You’ll be surprised. A timeline is visual. Drawing your progress on paper is wonderful. Your mind just forgets all that you’ve done.
My million dollar tip today is simple, and doable.
Stay in your Bowling Lane and out of the gutter. You’ll score every time.