Join The Start / Stop Challenge

February Start _ Stop Challenge

If we are connected on social media, you may have seen my post in January kicking this off. A friend of mine did this a few years ago, and I thought it was brilliant.

Whether it’s New Years resolutions, or any other type of goal setting, it’s pretty typical to come up with a list of things to accomplish. After all, having just one thing seems lazy, and like it won’t make enough of a difference. But having a whole list doesn’t seem to be the answer either.

It can be overwhelming and leave you stuck in analysis paralysis while you figure out what steps to take, which goals to work on, etc. In the end you either do too many things at once, or nothing at all. Either way, the end result is still the same. Not much gets done, and you are left feeling frustrated.

But what if you broke things down to the simplest elements and just did one thing for a month?

It’s enough time to see if it’s working, and worth continuing.

While it might feel like a cop-out just focusing on one thing, you could actually work on 12 goals throughout the year. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been able to focus on 12 things at a time and actually get anything done.

I’ve been working on this for January, and it’s been great. Knowing that I only have to do something for 30 days kept me motivated and on task.

Now that we are into February it’s time for a new start / stop.

Tip: I decided at the beginning of each month what I’m going do. I didn’t create a master list at the beginning of the year.

Lately it feels like I have been lost in a sea of email and social media. Both are an essential part of my business, but I’ve noticed that, especially on days that I’m not super busy I’ll spend a lot of time on social media, or take forever to finish up email.

It’s that whole trap of feeling busy, but not necessarily being productive.

In February, my plan is to:

Start: Limiting my email / computer time to 3 – 1 hour segments a day, and 30 minutes of social media

Stop: Checking my phone so often throughout the day

What about you? What are you willing to start and stop for the next month?

And remember, February is a short month, so you actually only need to try it for 28 days!

To your success!
Nicole

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