Large, almost insurmountable beasts. They steal and hoard resources, sucking the surrounding areas dry.
This is the year I slay my own Dragons. We all have Dragons. They suck up our time, our energy, our money... And they leave us nothing in return.
Schedule - How I plan my time, both work and home.
Attention - What I do with my time, both planned and unplanned
Ambition - Desire to succeed, level up, do more, learn more
Motivation - What keeps me going, or not going.
Organization - Where things go, and making sure that they are there - both physically, like The Kid's toys and my clothes; and mentally, like my thoughts, and future plans.
Now, these are more like Dragon Clans - some of the Dragons in each of these clans must go, while others are necessary (maybe even useful, beautiful creatures). The ones that do not need to go, must be saddled and ridden into battle on the next go round.
Discover Your Dragons:
To make changes previously I would tackle one issue at a time - food, or the gym, or my deep desire to not put my laundry away. I thought about it, and decided to write down all the actions (or inactions) that bothered me. It wasn't as long a list as I thought.
Then I listed next to each one, what about those items bothered me. For instance -
I do not like it when I do not check off all my To Do's for the day. It makes me feel like I am under performing, or over scheduling myself. This affects my motivation for the next day, often in a negative way.I looked for key ideas (Motivation, Schedule, Performance) and then looked for patterns. I also made a column for solutions to that issue.
To increase the likelihood of completing all the items on my to do list for any given day, I could use the Cluster concept [where you cluster tasks together based on resources or location. Think multiple errands in one shopping center, or doing all the tasks in your craft room one after the other], and make a note of actual time spent on the task so I can more correctly estimate time required the next time I do a task. Additionally, I could use the Bulk Task concept [Where you work the same task repeatedly at one time. Think folding one shirt vs. folding a basket of laundry] to reduce the times per week the task needs to be done.
Then I looked in the solutions for key ideas (Schedule, Organization), and looked for patterns.
I counted up each time the keyword occurred in the lists, and ranked the keywords based on this. The more occurrences, the higher the ranking.
Next I looked for linked keywords. Schedule and Organization came up together frequently. So there is a good chance that if I conquer the higher ranked keyword first, the other keyword in the linked pair would be easier to conquer. This helped me map out my plan of attack.
Schedule was my number one keyword - which I will from here out refer to as a Dragon. I needed to slay the Schedule Dragons that were in my Issue column, and saddle up the ones that were in my solution column.
So how do I go about slaying some dragons, and riding others? I guess you'll have to wait and see.
Blog posts coming on that soon.