Rhythm is a tricky thing for me. I’m a non-dancing-white-boy. But I am a wanna-be dancer, though. It’s true, but I am horrible. I have absolutely no rhythm! Like, none whatsoever. Creating rhythm is not easy for someone with two left feet.
Growing up, I had a buddy of mine who could dance. I used to think he was so cool. Okay, he’s still pretty cool. But I don’t know if its for the same reasons as I thought back then. What made him so cool? He could breakdance. I am a child of the ‘80s and, for a period of a few years, breakdancing was a big deal! My friend would go to public events and our friend’s dad would pay him money if he would stand up in front of everybody and breakdance. I thought it was totally radical! (shameless ‘80s plug!)
Me, on the other hand, I struggled to even slow dance. I was the awkward kid with arms straight out on the girls hips, feet awkwardly moving side to side, feeling like an idiot the whole time. Inside, though, I was Michael Jackson! I wanted to dance. I wanted to have rhythm. But I don’t have it. I’m the classic white guy who can dance while driving. You know… I can shake my shoulders and bounce my head and really get into the music. But make me stand up and try to dance – with my feet – and I look like an idiot.
I have no rhythm.
Maybe you feel like this in your life and business, too.
Checklists and Calendars
When it comes to your business, do you ever feel like you want to be organized but you just can’t seem to make it work? Maybe you feel like Michael Jackson deep down inside of you, but it seems like you just can’t find your rhythm when it comes to creating a schedule that is organized, neat, and easy to do?
If so, you’re not alone. But you can dance. What I mean is, you can learn to find rhythm in this area of your life.
Here’s what I do and I think it can help you, too.
I have created a document for myself that I called my Monthly Calendar Checklist. On it, I created several categories of things that I have to do in my business then broke them down into one of three categories:
What I recommend that you do is simply start brainstorming. Grab a piece of paper, a pen, and just start writing down anything and everything you can think of that you need to do or want to do in your business or in your personal life. Don’t worry at all about how you’ll do it all or get it done. Simply put it on paper.
Next, I suggest ordering it all into one of the categories. For example, I have committed to exercising and making it a habit and routine that I won’t budge on. So I put it on my list as a Daily activity. I also know that I want to go through this Monthly Calendar Checklist with my wife and help us get on the same page as a family and a couple. So I have listed time with her as a Monthly activity to calendar our lives together. I also have things that I want to do Weekly. Things such as write blogs, lead a small group at our home, or spend time shooting my bow.
You get the picture.
Finding rhythm can seem impossible to some people. I hear it all of the time. But this old adage rings true for us all: “What gets written down gets done. What doesn’t, doesn’t.” (okay, I may have made that “old adage” up just now, but I think its true nonetheless!).
Last thing. Buy a calendar. An old-school desk calendar like this one works just fine.
This may seem like a small thing but it has been hugely helpful for me and helps me see that things are getting done and helps me see that I am missing less important things now. Give it a shot! You just may find that you have more rhythm than you once thought!
What do you do to create rhythm in your life? What have you found works best for you? Please comment below.
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