Spring Forward While Shut Up

Who knew that when the clock struck two to spring forward that Aunt Rona was on her way to shut us away from enjoying the daylight savings we had stored up for months? If people didn't know what cabin fever was before I'm sure our lives now are only marginally comparable since we technically still have the world at our finger tips.

Even I, as a homebody, am finding this non-escape tiresome. I was working on my newest business venture of adding apparel to my Espresso Mischief site when the walls began to metaphorically close in. I kept fiddling with the website because I felt there was nothing else to do. Not only did I feel physically stifled, I also felt mentally stifled. It's the same feeling you get when someone borrows your car. No, I don't have anywhere to go but I want to know that I can without hesitation.

To help me prepare for when I can throw the doors wide, take a deep breath and once again spring forward. I've decided to do some goal setting. This particular task has always been a challenge for me especially when I get excited. I want to see fruit after I've barely thrown dirt on a seed. It's probably why I came to loathe the bbq motto of "low and SLOW." When my husband would promise me a rack of ribs, I knew I had at least a 4-5 hour mouth watering wait ahead of me and I hated it. GREAT, now I want ribs.

Anyway, over the years I've gotten better at setting goals and sticking to a plan because I know it works. Doing stuff on the fly can also work, but it will cost you time and money in the long run. With that in mind and knowing that I have a lot of big picture plans for this coming year, I pulled out one of my easy brain-storming worksheets to begin my goal-setting task.

As a big picture person I'm all about brain-storming. It gets my juices flowing like yummy ribs. This brain-storming worksheet gives me the opportunity to see my To Do List from a different perspective. Clients who have used this exercise find it helpful in disposing of junk filled nonsense and allows them to focus on the good stuff that will help them spring forward.

So stop twiddling your thumbs and let's spring forward together. Here's a free copy of the worksheet.

Now tell the truth, did you click on the yummy ribs?


Phyllis Williams-Strawder is a Certified Life Coach with over 20 years experience as an entrepreneur. In addition to CKO Creator, she is the Founder and President of Espresso Mischief and Spresso Mischief Designs. Her last business venture with her husband and daughter is why she chooses to focus on family and teen businesses.

Phyllis is an indie author and hybrid publisher under her imprint Espresso Mischief. Her published books include That Damn Girl Stuff: A Mother's Truth and Far From the Tree. She edited and published her husband's book, SPICE: The Variety of Life and her daughter's, Morgan Mischief.

Phyllis has a degree in business with an emphasis in personal finance. She is an alum of Goldman Sachs 10K Small Business Executive Program as well as the Leadership Long Beach Institute. She is a former member of the Long Beach City College Culinary Advisory Board and a certified bbq judge.

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