The Three Point Method changed my approach to goal setting.
Here’s something you might already know about me:
I have a lot of ideas. So many, that sometimes, I don’t know where to start. I’m also burnt out 50% of the time, because once I’m in idea mode, I’m like a dog with a bone that doesn’t know how to let go.
Maybe you can relate.
It’s a vicious cycle of over-productivity and executive dysfunction, and it’s exhausting. Sure, when it’s good, it’s good. But when it’s not, it’s BAD.
Early on in my dalliance with entrepreneurship, I struggled with things that seemed to come naturally to other people, like time management and task completion.
I quickly realized that I had to limit myself when it came to the amount of time and energy that was going into my blog and business. Why? Because when I didn’t limit myself, I’d work 16 and 17 hour days – and how is anyone supposed to be productive like that? Hustling isn’t cute.
Limiting myself meant less hours working in front of the computer, which was great – in theory. Because I was losing a gigantic chunk of my day, I had to make the time I was spending working count.
I’m not going to lie, at first it was impossible. I’d make a to-do-list, thinking that would help, and disregard it. I’d schedule things and ignore the schedule. I’d set reminders, and get so deep into working on something, I’d forget to look at my phone.
It took me a long time to find a balance between finishing what I needed to, and spending productive time away from my computer screen.
In the end, I realized there were three core areas I needed to concentrate on:
- Challenging myself with new experiences
- Learning new skills that would benefit myself + my business
- Creating new daily habits to keep myself accountable
Hey, maybe you’re not like me, and you don’t forget to brush your teeth because you’re too busy working on a new chunk of code. To be completely honest with you, sometimes I do forget to do these simple – formative – tasks, because I’m too caught up in something else.
That’s why The Three Point Method is so important to me. It helped me cultivate the habits that not only changed the way I worked, but the way I lived, too.
How The Three Point Method Works
The Three Point Method is made up of three components: Challenge, Growth, and Discipline. Each component isolates an important part of the “how to be successful” pie.
Set a cycle (weekly or monthly is recommended) to review and update goals for each of these three components. If a pen and paper works best for you, track your progress in a journal. If you prefer the e-alternative, open up a new spreadsheet.
Here’s the cool thing: this method is for everyone. Whether you’re a brand new business owner or an entrepreneur who’s been owning their shit for years, this will work for you.
And, even better, it’ll grow with you as you become more successful.
Depending on what your current goals are, the Challenge component can be used to reach an end-goal, or to challenge yourself to something new. The Challenge component works best for achieving something within 30 or 60 days.
– Write for twenty minutes every day, for 30 days
– Take part in a monthly Instagram hashtag challenge
– Complete a four week workout program
When we get comfortable, we get stagnant. The Growth component helps combat this, and serves as a great reminder that gaining new knowledge often is important to growing as a human and a business owner.
– Learn how to format blog post HTML by hand
– Try a new recipe and learn a new cooking skill
– Research the basics of YouTube search algorithms
Have you tried implementing a new daily habit, only to fall back into your regular ways? The Discipline component can be used to kick yourself into maintaining these long-term habits for good.
Experts say it takes 66 days for a habit to become automatic. I usually change my Discipline goal every three months, just to keep myself accountable.
– Drink three glasses of water every day
– Go phone free for an hour after waking up
– Do twenty minutes of yoga before bed every night
Here’s What to Do Next
If the concept of The Three Point Method excites you, it’s time to get rolling.
First, choose a goal for each of the three components.
Then, get to work.
It’s time to get your goal on.
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