Does forty-two days seem like a lot less time than Six Weeks to anyone else? It’s the exact same amount of time. The amount of time that I am going to learn, accomplish, start or finish something new – And you can too.
My brain is always going a million miles a second. I’m always thinking of some new invention or new hobby I want to start. This leaves me with tons of half started projects (I have had fabric in my closet to make travel eye masks for months; I’ve had tools, beads, and chains in my closet for YEARS now because I wanted to make jewelry that one time, a keyboard and random music books because I wanted to re-learn the piano…The list goes on and on). What I need to do is focus on one (or two?!?), at a time.
…I can’t be the only one with this problem.
My project was creating a Travel Journal. My reason for making this Travel Journal is to help make remembering memories for travelers a little easier and a lot less feeling like a chore. I love being on the trip itself, but I love even more when you’ve taken the time to take photos and videos and write things you’re doing seeing and feeling and are able to reminisce and take yourself back to those moments and feelings by rereading, looking at or watching your media.
Have you ever left for a trip and said, “I’m going to keep a journal while I am away.” Maybe you write in it on the airplane, and a bit that night when you arrive, but then you forget about it. You get back home, and maybe not right away, but later, when a friend asks advice and where to go and what to see, and you can’t remember those little details…because you never wrote it down. All of a sudden the magic memory that you thought would never fail you, suddenly has. It helps future friends, family members, fellow travelers and not to mention yourself get suggestions of things to do with a quick, easy and simple format. Kind of like a quick “Best of..” of your trip.
I have half-heartedly started this Travel Journal project and been thinking about it and “working on it” for the last 6, 7, 8 months. It started as a note in my phone just as this blog did. It slowly made its way to my computer, where it has stayed and where I have dabbled with it from time to time. I needed a goal or a reason to get this done or else it never would.
If this Six Week program helped me complete this Journal -which it did- then it can help you start, get some serious progress in, or finish something, also. Its’ a self motivation type of thing, but it really helps get the motivation flowing to get something done.
If I could give you a 100% money back guarantee, I would, but the beauty of this life tip, is that it is already free.
Here is the gist of it:
1. Pick Your Project and Your Start Date!
What do you want to accomplish? What have you been trying to do the last 2,3,4 years? Clean out the garage? Lose 10 lbs? Write a book? Learn a language?
2. Get Accountable and Tell Someone!
Tell a friend, write a Facebook or Instagram post about your goal or tell a family member if you’re not into social media. Although for this one, I didn’t use social media, just the want to see if this little “program” works and after a few successful uses, I’m now comfortable sharing it with you, as it has worked each time for me.
3. Consistency is Key!
Make sure it’s something you really want. If you really want it, you will get it done. If you don’t really care and you’re just trying to use this program to see if it works but on something you would never really finish anyway, then guess what, it’s not going to work for you (Warning: It’s still YOU driving, The Six Week program is not an actual thing, it’s a tool to help you get sh*t done and feel good about yourself for finishing stuff and being a cooler, better, more accountable person. Yeah.)
4. Document it!
Keep a super short/quick journal as you go (or Don’t!…but do. It will help you keep track and help you stay motivated). I am working on really easy tear-off sheets to help you keep better track of this without having to actually start some sort of journal, but until I have those, keep track yourself, will ya?
I guarantee that you will see progress if you are practicing and doing your thing daily, as well as thinking about it too. You will not accomplish something in six weeks if you only work on it once a week…Hey, You committed to six weeks, that’s only 42 days, remember? Now give all your effort, thought, and good vibes to seriously improving what you started (or finishing what you started, or getting past a milestone on a project, or writing your vows, or getting this blog post up, or gathering up the courage to break up with your deadbeat boyfriend of 4 years, or getting healthy! It can and will literally work for everything).
With every thought and activity that you do during those six weeks, you need to be asking yourself, is this getting me to my end goal? If the answer is no, put it on hold until you have the mind capacity to finish it. For the now, focus on your main goal, finally finishing what you started in the time frame you gave yourself.
The idea of the Sis Week program is that you sort of obsessively work to get this “project” done. You’re constantly thinking about it, all your focus and energy is on this main project. (Again, this is all relative to YOU). 42 Days of your life… that’s it to accomplish something you actually want to have finished. Don’t wait another day to start.
Can you do two or more Six Week programs at the same time you ask!? Well…..I’m the kind of person who has a million things going at once and can never finish them all, which is exactly why I wanted to test this little theory of mine. Saying that, my first six weeks was focused on one thing: Getting that Travel Journal to a decent first draft AND submitting it to the printer place within the six weeks-(Which worked-There was a little scramble at the end to get it submitted on time, but I actually woke up early that day before work to get it in. Like if I didn’t, my Boss (Me) was going to throw down the whip.)
I did keep a (Short!) journal throughout the weeks-which I will show you down below in a minute.
I would say it depends on what you are trying to do if you can do multiple together or not. For example; if you are trying to learn a new language, I would probably pair that with something like meditating more, less TV, or eating healthy rather than pairing it with writing the first chapter of your new book, or learning how to rebuild an engine… You really only want to focus on one “hard” thing at a time to really focus on it…Get it?
I think having these deadlines in life helps get stuff done because it’s like a to-do list but on steroids. It’s almost like something bad will happen if you don’t get the things done by the DEADLINE.. at least that’s how I have been looking at it. (One thing does happen if you pass up the deadline and don’t care… you let yourself down that you failed your test to yourself to get something done in six weeks, a measly 42 days. You owe it to yourself to not fail something so simple! (Following through and consistency with this will be your key ingredient to success. Every single time).
The fact that you are manifesting your thoughts, time and energy into your project for the full six weeks, I guarantee you will come out with a finished product, or be a heck of a lot closer to where you want to be than when you have ever started before.
Have you read the book, “The Secret”? The Universe is always working with us but we have to put in some of the work as well. Putting our positive energy into the Universe, our positive thoughts, knowledge, willingness and our will power to finish and complete this project, it will get done. The only reason it wouldn’t be done is that you didn’t finish it. You didn’t put in the effort that was needed, you wanted someone to do something for you when it was you who needed to do it. Don’t be dependable on others be accountable for yourself. Our minds play such a huge role in our everyday lives, we need to learn to let it work with us instead of against us.
I will show you below some of my real thoughts and feelings from my Six Week program to finish my Travel Journal.
2/22/17 Life Happens. I planned to write my first weeks’ progress blog last night, but you know what? Life happens. And life just so happened to throw a National Margarita Day at me, and I’m the kind of person that likes to seize every moment, so, although I have made a commitment for the next six weeks to dedicate a bit of each day to my new project, (creating a Travel Journal to eventually sell) sometimes you just have to take life by the horns. or something. Basically, don’t beat yourself up if you can’t get to your project for a day or two or five (depending on the project, I would say if you are trying to learn a Language or an instrument, a five day rest may be a little too long. **This is all based on your own judgment. This is just a guide to help you get and stay motivated to finish or start something, I am certainly not telling you how to run your “program”).
You know that feeling you get when you are really excited about something new? You sort of obsess over it for however long you do until the novelty wears off? Happens to me all the time, hence why I have a million half started projects. Which is exactly why I wanted to use this program to get this project done. To hold myself accountable, and try a different approach.
2/24/17 You’re not always going to be in the mood…Does thinking about being proactive about the project count? Ok.. I have thought about the darn thing and doing it for the last 2-3 days? I even woke up at 5 am this morning and was on my computer looking up places to visit and things to do in Austin, TX since I just spur of the moment decided yesterday that I wanted to go for the SXSW Festival. I thought about switching gears to do the blog post but I also thought I didn’t have enough time, (when I did) and I thought I just wasn’t in my writing zen. I don’t know, but apparently I need perfect conditions to write,… something is going to need to change about that, or I am not going to get anything done.
3/5/17 Setting a Plan. I started “perfecting” a few of the templates I started for the travel journal. My goal for this six weeks is to get a good rough draft of the journal. I want to have a few different templates completely finished to be able to choose from. I want a printed book back in my hands before the last day of the six weeks. I will take an additional six weeks to complete it, print copies, pass them out, get feedback, do any edits. And a final six weeks to get it perfect, printed in larger quantities and be asking places to sell this book, or start an Etsy account/eBay/Amazon/online website. By setting goals for yourself you know where you want to be and by when. You notice that I didn’t try to get the ENTIRE Thing finished in 6 weeks, I broke it up, into reasonable bits of time to be able to complete it. You need the goals you set for yourself to be easily attainable.
A few tips to set up a plan and stick to it.
- Set realistic goals. Set things you want to be done by certain dates. And you don’t have to set them the first day of your project. Those goals I set in the above example, I was weeks into my project(although my project did have a deadline date, and this part is important). At first, I thought I would finish the whole thing in six weeks but realized a few weeks in that was very unrealistic (For me).
- Hold yourself accountable-post online, start a journal,
- Reward yourself and Break your rules. I’m all about rebelling and treats. This isn’t the military, and this should not be causing extra stress in your life. Don’t want to work or think about your thing for a day, a week? two weeks? Don’t! Just don’t get mad at me when you don’t end up with the result you originally had in mind.
4/3/17 The Finished product. I ended up falling a bit behind and decided that I was going to have a finished first draft instead of that final final product…
This was my absolute first go at using this new tool, and you can see I wasn’t perfect in focusing, thinking, and working on my project EVERY DAY. It doesn’t really sound like I worked on it at all and only wrote in my journal about the negatives and when it was hard.. as that is when we like to write our Yelp reviews. , but I did get it done! If you know me, I am all about balance. And I am very “I do what I want” stubborn and I still was able to make this work successfully, and it’s still working well for me with other tasks and projects even today. I always seem to have a Six week program going.
In the end, this is quite simple, and I could have explained it in just a few sentences (don’t hate me for making you read this whole thing lol):
- Pick something you want to do,
- Start on a day and make a deadline for the finished product 6 weeks from that day.
- Work on your thing daily for 6 weeks.
- Give all your effort. 100% chance that you will improve and you will get it done.*if reasonable goals are set.
Please don’t hesitate to try the Sx Week theory/program, and share with me your experiences and what you did during your Six Weeks!