Commitment Challenge: Week TWO

Scheduling

One of the most aggravating obstacles when it comes to falling asleep is getting stuck creating mental to-do lists in your head. Having a stressful day ahead or looming tasks you’ve been putting off can wreak havoc on your mindset and destroy your chance at sleep.

That is why scheduling is so important. Even if the idea of schedules makes you want to scream, the act of creating a schedule is one of the most empowering tools you can arm yourself with in terms of reaching your goals.

While not everyone responds to regimented structure, having a plan of action is one of the primary ingredients in success. When there is something you want to change in your life, whether it be overcoming a bad habit or building something new from scratch, you can’t expect that change to happen overnight. Transformation takes time and commitment, and without structure, the time and commitment required can be overwhelming.

When you break a goal down into manageable bites, it smooths out the looming overwhelm and gives you tangible tasks that will bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be.

A close up of a journal and a pen

The Challenge:

Before you begin to unwind at the end of the day, take 10 to 20 minutes to look forward to the day ahead. You know yourself best; so if you know you respond to details, break your plans down into as finite detail as possible. If you prefer spontaneity or wiggle room, try scheduling free-time in or set your schedule up to be as broad as feels right.

At the end of each day, take stock of how your schedule worked out for you and amend as necessary. The goal is to hone in on a type of schedule that feels natural and supports you in actively moving towards your goals.

You can schedule by minute, hour, or time of day (like morning, afternoon, evening etc.), depending on your goals.

Time Commitment: 10 to 20 minutes 

If you’re new to creating your own schedule this may take a bit of time, as well as trial and error, to get into your groove. If you’re a seasoned veteran, then this task may only take a few minutes. That said, don’t rush this task, be as thorough and mindful as possible. The purpose of this task is to set yourself up for success by laying a foundation to enable self-motivation and support your commitment to your goals.

When: PM

This tool is designed to be done at the very end of your day, prior to unwinding. If you’ve made journaling part of your nightly routine, then you should aim to work your scheduling practice in right before your nightly journaling session. Scheduling is the time when you can wrap up any lingering thoughts or concerns before you commit to unwinding.

A person writing in a book

How:

Once you’re ready to start unwinding, open your day timer or journal and write out your goals for the next day. Make sure they are manageable so that you are setting yourself up for success as opposed to disappointment. Then create a custom schedule for the following day that addresses all of your tasks and goals in as much detail as suits you. 

  • Mentally review or jot down the tasks and goals you would like to tackle.
  • Map out a detailed schedule that encompasses actions you can take to fulfill each task and goal the following day. 
  • Take a moment to review, then let it go.

Once you’ve laid out your schedule, take your STUNN PM with a glass of water to initiate your unwinding period, then continue on with the rest of your nightly routines. Remember, defining a schedule that works best for you will take some trial and error, so don’t lose heart if the schedule doesn’t work out the first few days. Reflect on what did and didn’t work, and amend it as necessary. Trust that you will land on a scheduling practice that fits perfectly with your lifestyle and personality. 

Pairs Well With: STUNN PM

This particular tool is designed to be done immediately before taking STUNN PM. This is the last productivity-based task at the end of your day, tying up loose ends and addressing looming thoughts before you start to unwind. Once you’ve finished this task, take your STUNN PM. Doing so will act like a line in the sand, separating your productive time from your unwinding time.

Next week, we will dive into our third commitment challenge of doing a Daily Digital Detox to limit distraction and temptation in the morning.

Transformation is journey oriented, where the process is arguably more impactful than any end result. Philosophically speaking, you could say the journey is the desired result… We can’t wait to get started on this journey, and hope you join us!

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