How do you get from where you are to be where you want to be in life? Well for me what works best is talking small steps towards my goals.
When I was growing up I loved music and wanted to learn to play the guitar. I was fortunate enough to get a guitar for my birthday one year but then it was up to me to learn how to play it.
How did I learn how to play?
Well I listened to a song I wanted to play on repeat and would slowly test notes on the guitar until I found the right one and would repeat the process over and over again until I would eventually learn the song.
As I repeated this process I got to the pointed where I could hear a song and figure out how to play it within a few minutes.
“Repetition is the mother of all skill”
This is a concept I practice to this day. If I want to learn something I break it into small chuck and consume information how to do it then do it, learn from it and adjust.
This brings me to my point, last year I started doing 30 day challenges to help me get closer to my goals. I loved it so much that I have decided to do it again this year but instead of calling them 30 day challenges, I’m calling them Monthly Challenges since they’ll start and end with the months.
My goals this year are focused on health and to learn to market better. Here are my Monthly Challenges for the first half of the year.
- Jan – Meditation Every Morning – Learn Clarity and Focus
- Feb – Short YouTube Video Every Day. Learn to find my voice and story telling.
- Mar – Facebook and Youtube Video Ads Testing.
- Apr – Limit meat intake to 3 times per week.
- May – Listen or read a Blinkist everyday
- June – No challenge, take a vacation
A few days ago I set a 30 day challenge for myself to quite using Facebook and Twitter. My motivation for this was 2 fold.
- To better spend my time than mindlessly checking Facebook and Twitter every few minutes.
- Avoid all the negative content and comments I see on a daily basis that were polluting my thoughts.
I felt I had become addicted to social media, without even thinking I would be checking my phone to see the latest on Twitter and Facebook all day long and in any situation. And while there is a lot of great content on these platforms it was over taking my day, controlling me and my actions like someone addicted to smoking. Once I recognized this I decided it was time to take action. So here’s the plan.
- Completely stop checking Facebook and Twitter or any other social media site for 30 days. I would also only check news sites like Hacker News , CNN and a few industry site I visit twice a day with a 20 minute limit. The only exceptions to this rule would be to post content to the platforms that I create.
With the time I free up I plan on creating content rather than consuming content. This includes writing blog posts like the one you are reading now to share my entrepreneurial experiences and to write more blog posts on my business’s blog to help promote it.
In the last few days I have caught myself unlocking my phone to check Facebook an Twitter even though I have deleted the apps. If this wasn’t a sign I was addicted then I don’t know what is. I now recognize this behavior and makes me want to even more limit my usage.
After 30 days I do plan to go back to using Facebook and Twitter but in a very limited fashion and not leaving them open on my desktop all day long or checking my phone every few minutes.
I’m on day 3 currently and can all ready tell a difference. With my free time I have already written over 300o words in blog post content. I’ll do a follow up post after the 30 days which should be around November 18th 2016.