Habit change work can be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of our lives.
Think of your "work" as what you’re focusing on in your life right now. Work is always a process. It can be a new habit, a positive behavior that a person wants to practice, an exercise they commit to trying, or a question they want to explore.
Since deciding what to work on and then staying on track can be overwhelming, I recommend using a structure that makes the next step clear. That's where your Project Framework comes in.
WHAT IS THE PROJECT FRAMEWORK?
The project framework is a system to help you stay on track as you are working towards developing a new habit or implementing a new positive behavior.
Here is how you get started:
Take some time to read over the description of the framework below and then get to work identifying the project you want to work on.
Once you have a project you want to tackle, try using the guide below to begin filling in your first worksheet.
If you want help filling in the worksheet contact Steve for an appointment, that’s what he's here for.
Take 5-10 minutes to review your project framework at least once a day and update it as needed. You will want to get into a habit of referencing back to the framework as you complete and begin new projects.
WHAT IS YOUR PROJECT?
Project identification is what you’re going to name the hard work you want to focus on. You can’t change everything at once. Pick a project and focus on it for about 4-6 weeks. You can always change your mind or choose another project as each one is complete. This is a chance to get clear with yourself about what feels most urgent in your life right now.
I suggest you make a list of possible projects and spend time thinking about which one or two are most pressing in your life today. Ask yourself which issue in your life you’d most like to improve and write them down. To get you thinking, here are some great projects ideas:
Break out of a rut in my marriage
Improve my sex life
Learn how to care for myself
Feel more comfortable in difficult workplace conversations
Those are just some ideas to get you thinking. Your project should feel like something that really matters to you right now. Once you’ve selected at least one project from your list that feels most urgent now, you can begin the Project Framework worksheet. The section below outlines step by step how to use the worksheet.
USING THE PROJECT FRAMEWORK WORKSHEET
WHY THIS PROJECT FRAMEWORK WORKS?
If you commit to this process and take actions in each category, you’ll see progress.
Your life will change and you will experience something different from what you’re used to.