Consistency is Boring (but Effective)

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Here are some ideas to consider when simplifying:

  1. Understand that you can’t have it all. You are trading off immediate gratification for something more effective in the longer term.
  2. Review your goals. Reduce if necessary. You must make tough decisions here. We can’t accomplish it all. Take some time to figure out what you want and then establish a bare bones plan to get from your current station to the goal. Naturally, the unnecessary (but oftentimes pleasurable) things should fall by the wayside.
  3. Establish goals if you haven’t done so. Without an objective, we’re flying blindly by the seat of our pants. This may require some deep thinking. It will definitely require some tough choices because your time is scarce and you’re trying to use that scarce resource most effectively.
  4. Know your “why.” I tried to stay away from clichés, but you can’t knock the simplicity of this phrase. You’ll need this because there will be tons of distractions pulling you in every direction. These distractions will derail you from you every making progress on your goals.
  5. Establish a periodic (i.e., weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc…) review of your goals. You can’t make meaningful progress on something you don’t track. This review could take many forms. One form for me is a written document in my note-taking system. A journal works as well. The important part is writing something down.

When you’re stuck in a rut, simplify your life to the bare essentials.

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