Making the most of your time starts with knowing your vision. You can’t possibly use your time wisely if you don’t know what you want the end result to be. It’s like taking a road trip without a final destination. Fun at times, sure, but you’ll probably miss out on some things that you would have really loved to see.
But even when you have a vision, it can be difficult to make progress towards it. Maybe you know that, in three years, you want to be debt free or making six-figures in your business, but three years is a long time and somewhere along the way you’re likely to get lost.
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A little while back, I came across an incredible exercise in a book by Taki Moore. It changed my life. And I don’t say that lightly.
It’s a super powerful exercise that will help you quickly uncover your vision and then connect that vision to your daily tasks, so that you know exactly what your next steps should be to reach your ultimate goals.
So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started.
Defining Your Vision
Go find a blank piece of paper. Once you’ve found it, I want you to divvy it up into four quadrants. Draw the quadrants BIG (you have big dreams); take up the whole piece of paper.
Now, in the top left quadrant, write where you want to be in three years.
What do you want to spend your time doing? Where do you want to live? How much money do you want to make in your business? Do you still want to be working your 9 to 5? What do your finances look like? What dreams do you have for your family?
Write it all out quickly in bullet points.
Zooming In a Little
Now, in the top right quadrant, write out (in bullet points) where you’ll need to be in one year to get to that three-year dream.
Don’t forget that big dreams tend to ramp up; you might not need to be a third of the way there in one year to make it. So, if you’re going to make six-figures in your business three years from now, maybe you just need to make $15k this year.
Again, use bullet points and write out what you want your life to look like in one year, based on your three-year dream.
Turn Your Dreams into Projects
Alright, so now you know where you want to be one year from now. What projects do you need to complete this quarter (over the next 12 weeks) to make it to that one-year goal?
Write those projects in the bottom left-hand corner.
Be careful here, though. Don’t write down everything you can possibly think of. Just write down the 3 to 5 main projects that need to happen to get you to that one-year goal.
And remember, we’re no longer talking about dreams or visions. We’re talking about actual projects. For example, if you want to lose 50 pounds this year, maybe your quarterly project is to complete a 12-week workout program.
Turn Your Projects into Daily Tasks
Now that you have your quarterly projects, write the tasks that you will need to accomplish this week to reach your quarterly goal.
Is your quarterly project to set up a lead magnet for your business? Then this week’s task could be to create a rough draft or plan for the lead magnet. Want to do that 12-week workout program? One of your weekly tasks could be to research and sign up for a program.
What are the tasks that are truly going to move the needle on your projects this week? Write those down in the lower right-hand quadrant.
And there you have it! Now you know exactly what you should be working on this week (and today) to reach your bigger three-year goal!
At the beginning of each week, just write your new weekly tasks on a sticky note and place it over the previous week’s tasks in the lower right-hand square. This way, you have a regularly updated document that you can reference to keep your goals and your weekly tasks front and center!
One Last Note
This exercise is so simple, but it has truly changed my life. I know exactly what I need to be doing in any given week to ensure that I reach my long-term goals. It’s my secret weapon for creating a life I love!
I hope this is just as life-changing for you and helps you define your vision and connect that vision to your daily tasks!
So, tell me in the comments, what are some of your three-year goals and what tasks will you complete this week to get you a step closer?