Day 2: A New Daily Habit

If you need to be caught up to speed on this FREE 7-day challenge, you can click here for the Day 1 post.

This lesson from Dave and Troy, the founders of Oola, a.k.a. The OolaGuys, is a perfect visual of how to prioritize your life and recovery.

Imagine you have a large glass vase, seven beautiful oranges, and a massive bag of Skittles (the candy we all grew up with). Just as in life, your job is to fill the vase with everything you have in front of you.

If you fill the vase with the Skittles first, then try to add the seven oranges, you’ll never fit everything in. But if you start by placing the oranges first, then slowly pour in the Skittles, letting them filter down around the oranges, miraculously, it all fits.

Life is a lot like those oranges and Skittles.

Skittles represent the day-to-day clutter of our lives: running errands, kid stuff, soccer practice, emails, vet appointments, cleaning house, and social media. On the other hand, the seven oranges represent the seven key areas of life, your 7 F’s of Oola.

If you take care of your major goals first, then fit the little things around them, miraculously, it all gets accomplished.

3x5 Notecard: Start a New Daily Habit

One way to make sure the oranges (the life-changing goals) in your life get the focus instead of the clutter is to write down daily action steps to get you closer to achieving your major goals.

Every night, pull out a 3x5 notecard and divide it down the middle: write at least three must-do action items on the right (Oranges) and clutter on the left (Skittles). In the morning, focus on accomplishing ALL three goal-related tasks (again, the oranges), starting with doing the worst first. Like this:

- Ask my boss about leadership training + promotion
- Start a $1,000 “emergency fund” account at the bank
- Schedule two special date nights in the next 30 days
- Meditate 15 mins a day
- Stop drinking your calories: cut out soda, sugary and cream-filled coffees, NA beer
- Say “no” to that toxic friend
- Decline to go to the family reunion where there’ll be loads of drinking and/or toxic relatives

- Finish the analytics report at work
- Pick up craft supplies for Jaden’s school project
- Drop off dry cleaning
- Go grocery shopping
- Wash the car
- Do the laundry
- Change the cat’s litter

Try this revamped to-do list (the “3x5 Notecard Strategy”) for a couple of days and see what you can accomplish toward your major goal. Write out a notecard right now for today and another one tonight (to focus on tomorrow). Then comment below and share your biggest win with me.

Tomorrow’s challenge is easy-breezy: a way to cut down on the time bandits of your day so you can more easily focus on your future. Stay tuned! You will love it.


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