“All men plume themselves on the improvement of society, and no man improves.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
This weekend challenge is simple to learn, but difficult to master; like Chess. I want you to create and follow a written schedule with at least three goals for both Saturday and Sunday. Nothing on the list has to be insanely challenging, but it does have to be something that you want to integrate into your life.
By writing down what you want to achieve, you will have a much higher chance of obtaining it. When you put your goals on paper, you immediately develop a greater sense of responsibility for them. It’s actually hard to look at a note card with your ambitions scrawled on it, and realize that you chose to watch TV rather than pursue something meaningful. I hope you never have to experience that.
As for what your schedule should look like, that’s up to you. No one will judge what you put on it, or how lengthy it is; as you’re the only one who’s going to read it. My only suggestion is to either carry your list around with you, or to hang it somewhere that you’ll have to see it.
If you can’t come up with anything to write down, I’ll give you some inspiration:
- Wake up before 8 am
- Do 200 sit-ups
- Read three chapters of [insert book title]
- Go to the gym
- Write two pages of [poetry/prose]
- Don’t eat any desserts
- Play [musical instrument] for 30 minutes
If you accomplish all your weekend goals, and you should, try making a written plan for the upcoming work week. You’ll be surprised at how much a little planning can pay off.
This video is incredibly cheesy, but it makes a solid point.