I recently read a great book, called 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Your Distraction & Get the Right Things Done.
It inspired me to work more on my goal setting. Here is a review of that book and some goal setting tips at the bottom.
Boy, am I glad I did.
The goals I wrote down are in the back of my prayer book. I still read them every so often to keep on track.
This is not your normal goal setting book.
Part 1 describes how you need to take pause in your life. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to do this. Take some time to slow down and hover over your world.
Next we start with the big picture. Part 2 helps you find your focus by asking “What is this year about?” Bregman offers 4 elements as you find your focus
- Leverage your strengths
- Embrace your weaknesses
- Assert your differences – It’s good to be different
- Pursue your passion – Through persistence, ease & meaning
Part 2 concludes with you writing down the 5 areas you want to focus on 2013. These include professional & personal areas. Mine include:
As a homeschool mom, you might have more personal areas of focus than a working mom, Either way, these 5 areas will help you stay focused throughout 2013 as you plan each day.
Part 3 shows you how to make a daily plan that takes 18 minutes a day. No, you won’t spend 18 “straight” minutes on your daily plan. It is broken into several 1-5 minute increments that will help you stay focused on the 5 areas you listed in Part 2.
In 2012, I was successful in some of the ideas from part 3 such as the to do list, the beep, the calendar, getting things off the to do list.
In 2013 I plan to work on my ignore list, morning & evening minutes & daily ritual to be more successful in my focus. Using my 5 morning & evening minutes will help me choose the right activities each day.
Finally, Part 4 discusses what this moment is about?
You’ll learn how to master your motivations, distractions and yourself to stay focused on your 5 areas.
If you’re a homeschool mom, you have plenty of distractions. Don’t kid yourself. I know you have distractions.
I think Part 4 can be very helpful to you as you manage your home, educate your kids and support your spouse. You’ll learn a wide variety of strategies you can use in your own home.
At the end of his book, Bregman says it all starts with one thing. Your one thing will be different from mine, but we each start our goals with one thing.
To understand more fully the details of Bregman’s process & 18 Minute plan, grab a copy of his book by clicking the image below.
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