“Someday” is NOT One of the Days of the Week

Do you ever think to yourself, “Someday, I’m gonna (fill in the blank)?”  Well, I’ve been thinking that, someday, Absolutely Organized should have its very own blog.  I’ve been thinking about that for a long time, but until today, “someday” never came.

Turning a “someday I’ll” into a reality takes evaluation, planning, and action:

Evaluation:  We all come up with lots of ideas.  There aren’t enough minutes in our lifetime to do them all!  Instead, we have to test those ideas against some criteria, like tossing cooked spaghetti noodles against the ceiling, to see if they stick.  So what are the criteria for evaluating your ideas?  I think the most fundamental criterion is whether or not the action is aligned with your beliefs and goals.  If not, you can immediately reject it.  You can also ask yourself if the action is aligned with your current priorities?  Does it enhance one or more of the “buckets” in which you currently spend your time?  Sometimes we have a good idea that may be more appropriate in another season of our life.  If the idea is in alignment with your current priorities, the final step is to evaluate what you’ll have to give up in order to do it.  There is always an “opportunity cost” when we decide to do somthing.  That cost might be a no-brainer, like giving up 30 minutes of watching TV on the couch for 30 minutes of exercise.  But it also might mean exchanging one “good” thing for another, such as paying money to hire a personal trainer.

Planning:  There are 7 days in a week, and one of them isn’t called “Someday.”  When you’ve decided to implement an idea, you have to allocate the time and/or money to make it happen.  Write out the steps involved and schedule time to act on them.

Action:  I evaluated the benefits of writing a blog, I paid someone to help me set it up, and I planned to write a post every week.  But all of that evaluation and planning didn’t start to pay off until I took action to write this first blog post!

What’s that idea you’ve been kicking around in your head?  I want to hear what you’ve decided to do about it.

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