There is a scene in the very first ‘Star Wars’ movie (which became the fourth in the original series) where one of the rebels is flying through a metallic cleft in the surface of the death star aiming to launch a rocket into a small exhaust port that will travel to the centre of the death Star and blow it up. His leaders voice reminds him to, ‘stay on target’ . I had a similar voice in my head this morning telling me to, ‘stay on target, stick with the plan’.
After losing much of last year to the chaos of busyness and not finishing much, I felt like a mouse trapped in a wheel just spinning it. I wasn’t progressing, just meeting the day to day schedule of writing blogs, newsletters and articles. My whiteboard was covered in vision and an ever growing ‘to do’ list to outwork the vision, but the ‘to do’ was never getting done!
This year I have mapped out the vision with completion, trial and launch dates. To enable this to happen I have changed the way I am viewing and managing my plan and lists. I am now working to a weekly schedule into which I have built my goals and priorities for the week. The schedule, my plan for the week, ensures I make progress to complete, trial and launch and care for myself so I will last the distance.
Stay on target
My schedule reflects my priorities rather than letting activities run me. Yesterday I made progress on a big picture venture and just wanted to work on it again today to ‘finish it’ and abandon what was scheduled for today (self-care and moving forward on another project). That’s when the ‘Star Wars’ conversation happened, as I had to remind myself to ‘stay on target – stick to the plan’ ensuring that I followed the schedule.
Self-care is easy to drop off my to do lists, but if I follow a schedule (and stick to it!) I will invest in myself with self-care.
Prioritising self-care can seem selfish but remember what the air stewards tell you on the plane – ‘fit your oxygen mask first’. You cannot help anybody else without ensuring your own survival. You need to care for yourself to be able to care for others. You have to fill your caring tank first to be able to draw from it as you minister to others.
Keith Webb, entrepreneur and founder of the ‘COACH Model’, recently blogged about switching back to a paper planner in which he ‘schedules his weekend in terms of rest, reflection, relationships, refreshment, recreation and rules for rejuvenation’. I also like his concept of a ‘not going to do’ list. 1
How to schedule self-care
- Decide it is a priority. If it’s not then you won’t do it
- Grab a planner (see the resources below) or a calendar
- Work out your roles and goal for the week (see video below)
- Allocate times for caring for all dimensions of your health including your relationships and make sure you have some time to play link to blog (see video below)
- Schedule your activities in blocks of time, ensuring they will move you towards your goals (see video velow)
Putting legs on it
Work out what self-care activities you will do. If you are not sure of what to focus on, then click here to download a self-care checklist to help you discover the areas you are doing well and where you can improve.
Watch my short video
Create your schedule with self-care included.
Weekly planner 2 featured in video is available under creative commons at http://diyplanner.com/templates/directory?sort=desc&order=Size&filter0=**ALL**&filter1=23 scroll down to ‘7 habits weekly planner’
Both these entrepreneurial leaders are Christian, so care of their spiritual is planned in their daily routine
- Michael Hyatt: How to create more margin in your life (has a downloadable weekly planner as part of blog)
- Keith Webb: 7 reasons I’ve gone back to a paper planner
B Hybels, Simplify, Hodder & Stoughton, London, 2014
- K Webb, 7 reasons I’ve gone back to a paper planner, Keith Webb: Multiply your impact, 2018, viewed 15 January 2018, https://keithwebb.com/7-reasons-ive-gone-back-paper-planner/#more-4681
- Weekly planner http://diyplanner.com/files/Time%20Management%20Matrix%20(Final).pdf