In this five part mini-series we are going to be covering a number of factors that will give you strong foundations for creating the results you really want in your life and work, consistently. The series will give you ideas and tips for changes you can make and strategies you can implement to design your life at midlife and beyond. So, let's jump into day 1 - Clear the decks!

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5 days to Change for Success – Day 1: Clear the decks!

In this five part mini-series we are going to be covering a number of factors that will give you strong foundations for creating the results you really want in your life and work. The series will give you ideas and tips for changes you can make and strategies you can implement to design your life at midlife and beyond. So, let’s jump into day 1 – Clear the decks!

Clear the decks to create success

Why Clearing the Decks is essential for Success!

A builder wouldn’t build his dream home on top of the rubble and rubbish that is already on the building site. He clears it away first before he even starts to lay one foundation stone. He does this becuaue building on top of what is already there won’t give the results he wants.

The same is true for creating success in your life and work at midlife and beyond.

You need to clear the decks of any rubble and put strong foundations in place to give you consistent and sustainable results.

How to Clear the Decks

There are numerous ways to clear your decks to create a clear space for building the success you want to create in your life and work, but here are three essentials:

1. Zap your tolerations – tolerations are all those things that you are putting up with that drain your mental and physical energy.

They can be big or small things. They are things that get in the way of progress, change and a better reality. For example, an ironing pile up to the ceiling, cluttered office, not making enough money, working too many hours, unhealthy relationships, and so on.

Make a list of everything that is going on in your work, life and relationships that you are tolerating and drain your mental and physical energy. Start eliminating your tolerations starting with the easy stuff. A few quick wins will make the world of difference.

2. Put in place an extreme self care programme – include things such sleep, nutrition, exercise, relaxation etc.

Having a strong self care programme is an important part of creating change and success on your own terms. This is because it boosts mental and physical energy. And you need a tonne of that stuff to build the life and results you really want. Yet all too often self care is down there at the bottom of the priority list. Move it to the top. This is an essential foundation of creating change and success.

Do more activities that give you energy. Deal with the excesses and bad habits.

Now, before you all think I have turned into the fun police, hear me out – people who have a good self care programme make better quality decisions and have higher levels of effectiveness and productivity. So having a strong self care programme is a no brainer.

3. Create more time and space – if your days, weeks and months are constantly jam packed with no space, nothing is going to change.

You MUST create regular space in your diary that is just for working on strategy, planning, creating change and taking action. Block the time out in your diary. Put boundaries in place to protect that time. Do not cancel it for any reason other than an emergency.

These three points have a big impact on your personal effectiveness, productivity, decision making quality, ability to create change and your success. Ignoring them could be costing you big style. What action will you take to mplement these three things in your life?

In Day 2 of this series we will be looking at how to put strong foundations in place to achieve success.

 

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  • Oh this is good. I'm currently about to start working on some new businesses so this will be really helpful.

    3 really great steps for day one. I'm on them today!

  • Ben, sounds like you are on the case already. Would be interested to hear how you get on with this. Clearing the decks and particularly these three points are so important but so often overlooked. Have fun with it.

  • These are great points, I am setting in place an extreme self care programme TODAY!

  • Thanks Lisa. Glad you found them useful. I am doing the same at the moment – putting in place a new kick ass self care programme. Only on day 4 but already the benefits personally and in my business significant. Would love to hear how you get on.

  • I'm slow, Ali! I've been working on projects all week and buried so your picture feels like I feel. I did clear my immediate working area and I am trying to refile and it does give me a clearer head to think about just one project at a time. I like your ideas and I will try to catch up and read the rest of the series!

    I was told two years ago to schedule all of my day – blocking work time and putting the phone on hold. I tend to make me available 24 /7 which really can zap my productivity. Your suggestion might propel me into taking action.

  • Julie, funny you should mention that. I have literally just finished scheduling my diary and blocking time out for my important business development work for the next month. Whoever made that suggestion to you a couple of years ago was spot on.
    By the way the point of this 5 day series is to give people a framework to work with. You don't need to actually complete it all in five days. Do it over a time period that works for you.

  • Ali,

    My first visit to your blog and what a great post to get into. Three straight forward and to the point steps to 'clearing the decks'. What could be easier?

    Thank you for sharing this. I'll catch up with the other steps during the next few days.

    Regards

    Paul

  • Hi Paul, thanks for your kind words about the post. Delighted you found it useful

  • Clearing the decks is really a great piece of advice before any new venture, whether it’s personal or professional.

  • Yes indeed. I recommend doing it at a least once a month to stop build up happening and avoid little things becoming big things.

  • I’m so loving this. It kind of surprises me how much I am, because I’m usually kind of cynical about “self help,” endless lists of things, etc. but your writing is so good and your advice so good and succinct, that I just love it.

  • Hi Anita, delighted you are enjoying this mini series and finding value in it. .