GUEST POST from Laura Weldy
Have you ever wondered what the heck a life coach actually does? You’re not alone. Simply put, coaching is about creating massive breakthroughs in life for people around the world. Perhaps coaching isn’t an expenditure you’re prioritizing right now, but you’d still like to practice more intentionality when it comes to your personal development.
That’s why I am excited to share with you a few of my favorite DIY coaching exercises today. They will help you start to shift your perspective, and understand the power of coaching before you hire your first coach. These exercises may seem simple, but they’ve made a massive impact in the lives of my coaching clients (and they’re ones I use myself!).
1. Create more hours in your day
Sound too good to be true? It isn’t. Far too many of us are addicted to the feeling of being busy—we have convinced ourselves there’s no possible way we could commit time to our new goals because we’re already strapped for time as it is. We rush from commitment to commitment, grabbing food on the go and always arriving a few minutes late. There’s no room to fit in anything else!
If we’re willing to give up the busy addiction, we suddenly start feeling more spacious in our hours and days. When we begin to reject the notion that we must show up, and instead embrace the idea that every action and commitment is a choice, our schedule starts to free. Spend time structuring your ideal version of your day. Think and dream big. Print off or create a blank agenda for the day, broken down by hour. Start by making a list of everything you’d love to do in a day if you could. Include tasks and activities from each aspect of your life—health, spirituality, self-care, and business are great places to start.
Block out the absolutely non-negotiable pieces of your calendar—but be careful. Most things are negotiable. Section off the part of your day where you’re required to be at your desk at work, for example, or the hours you need to rest for your best productivity. Fill in the rest of your calendar with your desired activities, and commit to doing them. When you aren’t idly using time on Netflix or internet browsing, you’ll be amazed at how much more you can achieve.
2. Prioritize what matters
As you saw in the first exercise, being intentional with our time is a key way to prioritize more of what matters to us and minimize the time we spend on activities that feel draining. While the structuring of our day is helpful on a macro level, it’s still easy to get distracted when we’re in the weeds of our daily work. That’s why I’ve developed this simple prioritization tool to use with my clients whenever they’re feeling bogged down with an endless to-do list or stuck in the endless revision process on a not-quite-perfect blog post.
The tool is simple—a prioritization scale. For each task on your to-do list for the day, rate it 1-5. A 1 task has the least impact on you (or your business), and a 5 task has the most impact. The rating will determine how many minutes you’ll spend to accomplish that task.
The prioritization tool works because it gives you a definitive end time to cut through the feelings of overwhelm or desire for perfectionism. Sometimes it’s difficult to wrap up a project, and we end up wasting valuable time tweaking when we could be moving on to the next project. The key to using the prioritization tool is committing to the time frame—when your time is nearly up, you need to commit to completion and moving on.
3. Practice balance
Start to think of a work-life balance as a constant practice, rather than a destination where you arrive. Spend some time each day thinking consciously about what you’d like a balanced life to look like, and how you can adjust your current situation to bring you closer. Find small ways to remind yourself throughout the day that balance is a process, and there’s no pressure to “achieve” it.
I hope these exercises serve you as you get started down the path of conscious personal development. These are just a starting point, so don’t stop here. If you’re ready for a season of change and transformation, working one-on-one with a life coach is a powerful way to jumpstart your journey with additional resources, insight, and accountability. I’m currently accepting clients for my 2017 one-on-one coaching practice, and I’d love to help you reach your goals. Schedule your free call here to determine if coaching is a good fit for you now!
Laura Weldy is an ontologically trained life coach for women who are ready to ditch the analysis paralysis and start making massive headway in the direction of their dreams. Learn more about her work and how to get involved at www.thewellsupportedwoman.com.
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