Did you know that 90 days—or 45 or even 30—can make a lifetime of difference? They can. If you improve one thing a day, you’ll be hundreds of times better by the end of the year.
Let me introduce you to the 90-Day Blitz.
What is it?
A blitz is a period of intense, focused effort designed to compress time frames and accelerate progress toward a goal.
Picture it as a race, a ten-minute sprint at the beginning of a marathon to help you cover ground as fast as possible. If you’re just getting started on a new goal or if you’re feeling stuck and not making much progress, it’s time to use it in your life.
How does it work?
- First, you set a long-range target—something specific that excites you and means a lot as you move forward in life.
- Next, you set a short-range target—a point you want to get to in 90 days that represents big progress toward your long-range goal.
- Finally, you figure out what activity you need to focus on to make that 90-day goal happen as fast and efficiently as possible.
That activity then moves up to become your top priority for the duration of the Blitz. Think quality and quantity, not or. Devote as much time as possible to quality activity, the most important things to make fast progress. As I described in Serial Winner, you’ve got to overdo to give yourself the greatest odds of success—to blow past surprises, delays, or hurdles that crop up.Give it everything you’ve got—build momentum to break through any obstacle. Click To Tweet
What about life balance?
You’ve got the rest of the year to worry about balance. For the next 90 days, you’re going to move yourself forward in leaps and bounds on one of your biggest priorities. That’s the point.
Lots of people love this idea! They get started on their blitz, full of enthusiasm. Then 2 weeks in, they quit. Let me offer some tips for making a Blitz work for you.
Prepare the people in your life.
Explain to family, friends, and colleagues what you’re trying to do. You’re on a mission for the next 30 to 90 days. Tell them that you would appreciate as much support and as few distractions as possible. Winners know that even they can get pulled away from their priorities if they aren’t careful.
It’s the hard conversations you have with yourself that make the most impact.
By getting people around you on board, you’ll minimize the potential.
Clear the decks.
If you head into a blitz with a load of other responsibilities or commitments, big or small, hanging over you, you’ll never sustain your focus. Take a few days or even a week to knock out every small thing you need to get to or that you told somebody you’d do. Those are just distractions waiting to leap out when you’re getting tired or your focus is wavering.
Block your time.
Very, very few people can dive into a hole and just work on one thing for weeks on end, shutting everything else out. We’ve got families, other work responsibilities and so on. To maintain without being pulled off course, block your time.
Mark time on your calendar every week for tackling other responsibilities, or every day if necessary. Don’t let yourself be distracted by those things outside of that time. Make the first and last 30 minutes of each day your email catch-up time. Schedule all your client calls on Tuesdays before noon. Figure out what you need to do to leave as much of your time as possible open for your blitz of activity!
Plan to go faster!
One of the biggest keys to success is speed. The faster you can go, the more likely it is you’ll get it done. Think about distractions and problems like bombs to your plan—it’ll be hard for them to hit a fast-moving target. Set your target for your blitz and then plan how to hit it even faster. If you’ve got 90 days before you really need to hit a goal, plan to get it done in 45. That gives you a 100% margin of error!
Race to your goal as fast as you can.
Plan a victory celebration.
Give yourself something to look forward to after weeks of grinding effort. Plan something you’ll really enjoy. Even better, make it a group event and send out the invitations now—give yourself the gift of positive social pressure.
Winners achieve their goals by going into blitz mode when they need to. Use this technique to build huge momentum that will carry you toward your long-term goals faster.