The goal of 21 Damn Early Days isn't to solve your life in a single month – it's to build a foundation that will continouslymove you closer to the life you want.
Think of it as a crash course in creating intention, focus, and control
To start, it's important to understand what you want out of this – both with Damn Early Days and in the bigger picture of your life. Once you know that, we can start breaking down how you can get there.
Over the next few days, we'll be helping you get your mornings set up right, biting of bit by bit, starting with your intentions, goals, and habits.
The Right Intention
Before you dive into how you're goals and habits, take a step back and think about why you're here.
Ask yourself: what do you want to use this time for and how does it help build the bigger picture of your life?
Understanding that will help you build a strong foundation well beyond 21 days.
We've got a quick example below that will help you thinking in the right direction.
There are two big areas I want to focus on that are foundational to the rest of my life. As much as they matter to me, I can't find the time to get to them as consistently as I want.
The first is writing and the second is keeping my body and mind healthy.
My intention is to use Damn Early Days to create a consistent space to get my thoughts on paper (and publish them to the world), as well as continue to keep my body and mind in a healthy and growing space.
While these are broad, they give me an idea of the areas that matter to me and what I need to focus on.
For these two, both cannot be completed in 21 days, but I can use the program to build a structure that will live on long beyond the program.
Understand why you signed up for this
Understand in what areas you want to spend your time AND WHY
Write it down in a form similar to what's above
The Right Goals
For 21 Damn Early Days, we're going to focus on a single primary goal – your SUMMIT – with a secondary goal, if you feel you have to space to do so.
Anything more becomes too much to bite off and can lead you to be unfocused and unmotivated.
It's up to you to determine how much time you have and how long your primary focus will take and from there, you can figure out if you need a secondary.
We will have a more detailed section on this tomorrow, but start thinking about what the right goals are based on your intention above.
Keep in mind that your goals should be trackable throughout Damn Early Days, making sure you are able to see your progress along the way.
Example: Looking at the intention above, based on writing and training, I'd set two simple, but trackable goals:
- Writing – Write 4 separate blog posts, each at least 500 words, ready to be published to the world. This equates to one per week.
- Health – Complete 21 – 30+ minute yoga/movement classes (in studio or at home), which is one for every day. Yoga ticks off both my physical and mental health boxes.
These goals work because, at the end of the 21 days, it will be easy to hold me accountable to both.
figure out what your primary goal would be
figure out what your necessary goal would be
The Right Habits
This is where it gets real.
Once you've figured out what your intentions and goals are, you'll figure out how to get them done, bit by bit. You'll want to break your goals down to simple, executable chunks that you can focus on each morning.
This takes some thought to get it right, so start thinking about now. We'll wrap it into your morning routine in a few days.
For each one make sure they are things that you can do within the window you've created each morning.
Example: Following on the above, my goals are to write 5 blog posts and do 21, 30-minute yoga/movement sessions each morning. With that defined as success, we'll break the goals down into simple habits:
Writing – Spend 1 hour writing each morning for the 21 days. My goal is to write at least 500 words within an hour. To do this, I will use an app like Evernote or 750words.com to track my writing.
Yoga/Movement – 21 sessions in 21 mornings is pretty simple – one per day. Each morning I'll schedule a 30 minute yoga/movement session in my apartment following a set program or in a yoga studio close by.
start breaking down your goals into actionable steps
We've summarized what've above in a couple simple steps. Now get on with it!
- Figure out your intention for 21 Damn Early Days.
Understand what pushed you to sign up for Damn Early Days and your intention for doing so.
Understand what inside you is pushing you to commit and how does it fit into the bigger picture of your life.
- Break this down into a trackable goal that you can accomplish within the 21 days.
If your first goal can be accomplished quickly, pick a secondary goal that you can use to round out your morning.
Make sure this goal is trackable and something you can have accountability with. More on this shortly tomorrow.
- Break your goals down into simple actions that you can do each day.
The number of actions depends on the goal itself, but make sure it is something you can routinely structure into the space you create each morning.
- Start to figure out how you can structure your morning to make sure you create time to focus on what matters.
We'll have more on this in a few days, but it doesn't hurt to think about now.
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