Do you have teens or tweens in your life (children, students, extended family…) who could use some support getting organized? Eric and I recently sat down with our three youngest children and helped them to learn about Current Projects, Routines, Calendars, and Next Actions.
We’ve summarized the 5-part process below, but if you’d like to get all the details, just click the player button on the audio player above. We also made printable versions of all the tools we used so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel!
“Let’s Get Organized” Family Training Event
Here are the five parts we included in our training with our kids:
Part 1: Vision paper (10 min) – Who do you want to become? What do you want to achieve? Where do you want to go? What would you like to do for others? What would you like to have?
Part 2: Define the STEP Support Resources (5-6 min) – Click here or on the picture below to print out the worksheet we used!
Part 3: Practice categorizing tasks and projects (5 min) – Use a list of examples to practice sorting into projects, routines, and calendar items.
Part 4: Identify Next Actions for projects from Part 3 (5 min) – What is the next specific, visible activity that you could do in 10 minutes or less that would move each project forward?
Part 5: Create a calendar, Projects List, Routines List, and Next Actions List (15 minutes with each child)
I sat down with each child individually to help them get these set up.
A calendar can be kept on paper or digitally. Projects can be brainstormed on a piece a paper, then narrowed down to 2-5 Current Projects, with the rest on a “Next in Line” list. Keep routines on a sheet of paper, organized by daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly.
Next Actions could be kept on a sheet of paper, Post-it inside a planner, or digitally. Contexts for our kids include:
- Home: Independent work
- Home: Talking with mom/dad
Discuss how to use this list, checking things off throughout the week so that it can be completed by the end of the week.
My daughter, Grace, really took this to heart. She has a beautiful planner set up that holds her schedule, homework due dates, and her Next Actions List. Her Current Projects list is on a Post-it inside her planner. And then she keeps appointments in a digital calendar in her phone.
Looking for some ways to overcome resistance?
Often, when we try to do something new or something “bigger” that leads us toward our true purpose, we feel a substantial amount of resistance.
At minute 26:00 in the podcast, I share the kinds of thoughts that make up my own resistance as I am working to help 25,000 of you build STEP Command Centrals this year. I’m hopeful that by hearing my story, you’ll realize you are totally not alone! Just click the player button at the top of this page and scroll to whichever part(s) of the podcast will serve you best!
If you want to learn more about creating a Command Central, we’d love to have you come join our free training. We will teach you four simple steps to clear your mind and get rid of the piles–excited to see you there!
Our oldest daughter, Alia, loves the Steps for Everyday Productivity (STEP) program. She has created a STEP for Students program, totally geared towards teenagers and students. Check it out here!
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*The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
*Feeling Good by David Burns
In her interview with Brené Brown, Oprah Winfrey talks about how you cannot live a brave life without disappointing some people. Watch the full interview here!
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