G020 | Personal Development | 4 Steps and 3 Tips to Build a Daily Visioning Habit

Have you ever tried to stay focused on a goal? If so, you’ll know that it’s difficult because the initial motivation when you set the goal can fade away rather quickly. So what do you do? Many people have found success by focusing on their Vision daily. But there are a few things you should bare in mind to maximise your chance of success. This post will suggest to you a few steps and tips to develop a daily visioning habit that will let you successfully stayed focussed on your goal.

Step 1. Externalisation.
Write out your vision.
“It is now 201x-01-01, I now have a successful blog with 100+ daily visitors.

Step 2. Proliferation.
Turn it into a picture by taking a screenshot or a photo and set it as the wallpaper for your phone and/or computer.

Step 3. Repetition
Read it out loud every day and/or listen to it using a text-to-speech application on your phone or computer.

Step 4. Revision
Update your vision statement when you feel that it is appropriate.

Idea 1 | Apply the “Choose Your Focus” model
This model by David Rock suggests that there are 5 levels of focus at any given time for any given situation. These are, namely, Vision, Planning, Details, Problem and Drama. The key is be more mindful of which level we are at at a particular point in time.

Idea 2 | Use the Lift App to make general habit building easier.
See Lift.do

Idea 3 | Visualisation
Visualise as vividly as possible to make visioning more powerful.

It’s Your Turn

What do you think? What strategies do you or your business use to stay focused on your goals? What has your experience with goal-orientation so far? What aspects would you like me to explain more? Share your experience in the comments box below.

G014 | Productivity | Resolution for 2014

SMART w/ P

2014R1. (Blog) It is now 12pm Saturday 2014-03-01, I now have 180 articles written. I can see the list with my own eyes and I am very happy with myself.

2014R2. (Health) It is now 12pm Sunday 2014-06-01, I now weight less than 80kg. I can see the scale with my own eyes and I am very happy with myself.

2014R3. (Health) It is now 12pm Monday 2014-09-01, I now feel more energised than last year due to my intake of supplements, my regular twice-weekly exercise routine and my blogging on health topics. I can see the scale with my own eyes and I am very happy with myself.

2014R4. (French) It is now 12pm Monday 2014-12-01, I have now passed my C1 exam in French. I can see the certificate with my own eyes and I am very happy with myself.

G008 | Productivity | Adopt a Routine to Turbo Your Day

I had a lunch with my friend Ed and we were chatting about personal development, educational methodologies, techie stuff, the art of networking, among other things. We were talking about the power of routine and Ed was referring to me to his post on this topic and I feel fairly inspired. In the article, he talked about his routine to ease the transition between his work hours and evening hours.

I intend to take the following actions

  • Blog about my routines
  • Focus on my early evening routine inspired by Ed.

My evening routine plan as of 2013-12-31

  • S1 Change into comfort clothes while tidying away my work clothes
  • S2 Put on relaxing music or motivation audio
  • S3 Make a cup of camomille tea
  • S4 Quick shower

It’s Your Turn

What do you think? Do you use any routine consciously or unconsciously to be more productive? Do you have any tip that you can share. Do you have an suggestion? Do you want to me expand on any section. Share your experience in the comments box below.

G007 | Experiment | Less Forgetfulness

Combining the technique of anchoring and checklist and mnemonics, I intend to experiment with the following:

Tap my left shoulders with mentally going through the following checklist.

I. At home

  • Charge Phone and Gadgets
  • Organise my Stuff (with Trello)
  • Mini Plan – Reverse planning, JIP (Just in time planning)

mnemonics: a cop at home

II. When leaving house

  • Phones
  • Money (bank card and some cash)
  • Stuff for travel (tickets, Oyster/Navigo etc)
  • Keys

mnemonics: PM TK –> Afternoon shopping at Tk Max