As with any goal, you can spend way too much time…
- analyzing every tool offered online
- dreaming that the job was already done
- talking to others
- thinking about what would be the best way to get started
- reading every article and book in sight about your goal
- wishing that someone else could or would do It for you
All with the same result…
Never getting anything done
So even though you don’t have the perfect plan written down yet and are not sure exactly how it’s going to work out, the best way to learn is by doing….
The same can be said about organizing your kitchen.
But organizing your kitchen will give you even more time to…
- analyze every tool offered online
- dream that the job was already done
- talk to others
- think about what would be the best way to get started
- read every article and book in sight about your goal
- wish that someone else could or would do It for you
So why get off the couch when you’re comfortably watching HGTV or DIY Network, and get into your own kitchen trash-bag-in-hand instead?
First of all, having an organized kitchen will save you valuable time as you are cleaning and cooking.
For one thing, you will be able to find something when you need it, without having to search for items that should be readily available.
Another reason for organizing your kitchen is to use all of your available work space because you are not having to work around clutter and chaos.
Having a certain designated ‘home’ for all of your kitchen ingredients and tools will also make it easier to put things away when you’re cleaning up.
Making dinner every night will be quicker and easier…meaning that you will have more quality time each evening to be with your spouse and kids.
Not only that, you will also have more time to do those things that you reallxy want to do to unwind after a long day at work.
So as we start digging our way out of kitchen clutter and chaos, I thought this would be a great time to share the following list of questions that I use when setting goals, regardless what kind of goal I may be setting…
1. THE WHO…Talk to other people about your goals. This will make you feel both more excited and more committed.
- Who benefits the most from me achieving this goal?
- Who can help me achieve it? Who else is or should be involved?
- Who else believes in me and my ability to reach this goal?
- Who will support me? Who probably won’t support me?
2. THE WHAT…First of all, write down specific goals that you want to achieve. Keep your list of goals in front of you. Frame them if you want.
- What is my biggest passion and dream in life? What one wildly bold goal would I like to accomplish that would truly inspire me to get up each morning?
- What do I want to accomplish? What will success look like?
- What is the probability of ever reaching this goal?
- What is the biggest obstacle hindering me from achieving my goals?
- What skills, tools, and resources do I need to acquire or master?
- What is my next step?
3. THE WHEN…Focus on immediate tasks…only your tasks for today and the week ahead of you…so that you do not get discouraged or overwhelmed. Now, perhaps the most important task—get organized. Break larger goals into smaller tasks. Set up a plan or schedule. Break down the year into months, and then create specific action steps for each week.
- When can I find the time to do whatever it takes to reach this goal?
- When would be a realistic time for me to have reached this goal?
- When will there be enough information to know if and when I should set new goals?
- When will I start working toward this goal?
4. THE WHERE
- Where do I want to be this time next year?
- Where will I acquire the necessary knowledge?
- Where will my goal be accomplished?
- Where have I written my “chosen frozen” goals down so that they can become something tangible to focus on, evaluate, and refine on a regular basis?
5. THE HOW…Choose appropriate milestones and benchmarks for your particular goal. Reward yourself whenever you reach a milestone or benchmark.
- How will I benefit from reaching this goal?
- How will I stay focused during the process?
- How will the business be different one year from now?
- How will this goal be achieved?
- How does this deadline influence your daily activities?
- How should I best spend my time, instead wasting time on unrelated, unimportant, non-strategic activities?
6. THE WHY… Schedule a weekly check in with yourself. Evaluate what’s working and what’s not. Remind yourself why you set these goals in the first place.
- Why am I going to do this in the first place?
- Why am I willing to invest time, energy, and money in doing this?
- Why is achieving this goal so important to me?
- Why is reaching this goal important?
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.”— Maya Angelou