We all have areas of life we want to improve on. You know. The big picture stuff. Things like:
- Musicianship (*wink*)
- Personal finances
And you can probably think of a few more. But we have a couple problems.
First, these areas aren't finite. There's no point in time that you "conquer" personal finance and never have to worry about it again. It's something that you do for as long as you live.
And second, there is so much information out there about all of these. You may skim articles here and there. Perhaps bookmark a few. But, most of them collect digital dust in the abyss of your computer.
But, there's a fun, effective way to change this. And that's creating projects around these areas of your life.
Underneath any of these umbrella areas, you can create a project that moves your life forward in that area. The cool thing about projects is they have specific outcomes. And, you can do research and use tools specific to that project.
For example, say you want to improve your physical fitness. Instead of stabbing at random pieces of knowledge, you can put together a project. A project to lose 30 pounds in four months.
You can do your research to collect information and knowledge. Then, you can distill that knowledge into an action plan. All that remains is to execute.
It's clear whether you completed the project or not. You either lost 30 pounds or you didn't. But whether it was successful or not, you learned things through working on a project.
Or, let's say you're working on your marriage. A project could be, I want to plan a huge surprise for my husband's birthday that he won't see coming.
Research, plan, and execute. A project completed, and progress made in a big-picture area of life.
Let's try one more example. Learning to play the piano. A project could be to perform in public four months from now.
Research - how do people learn how to play the piano? How do they learn to perform in public for the first time?
Distill - how can I turn this knowledge into a set of steps to follow?
Action - follow the steps.
It can be that easy. And fun.
If you're feeling stuck in any area of your life, create a project for that area. Just don't forget to come back and tell us how it goes.