Are you freaking out after your first week?
So you got your new Snowball workbook. Filled out week one and perhaps your ecstatic with what you did and are pumped to go into week two being as successful as you were in week one.
Sometimes you look back at week one and you see a lot of X's. A lot of misses. A lot of "damn I didn't do much."
Consider This Your Baseline Performance
It's all good. It happened to me, it happens to most of us. The most important part is not to beat yourself up over this.
Instead see the positive - you figured out a baseline. yay!
How To Make Sense of a Bad Week And What To Do Next Week
For example let's say you wanted to go to the gym 5 times a week and you only went once.
Don't set another lofty goal to try to make up for the week, i.e. don't say "I'll go seven times to make up for it." Instead see that one time a week as a baseline and tell yourself if I can't just do better than that I'll be making progress. Set a goal for 2 times a week. It's much easier to attain and more importantly will help you progress.
Another Example Of How To Set Up Your Second Week for Success
You wanted to review your spending daily and categorize every transaction. After week one you only did this once. Your action tracker is full of X's.
It's cool, don't freak out, don't beat yourself up. In the next week set your goal to "review finances at least twice this week" Now if you do only check your finances twice you'll have a lot less X's and feel good about the two days you shade in. And if you shade in 3 you're going to feel great about it.
Small Changes and Improvements Over Time Add Up
The moral of the story here is progress over time. No need to set ridiculous goals for yourself each week and stress yourself out. Set reasonable goals each week and it'll add app to major change down the line. After a few weeks
Rome wasn't built in a day. Nine women can't make a baby in one month. You don't get ripped in a day. Progress takes time and doing enough each week. Keep at it, keep improving over time and you'll see results.
We overestimate what we can do in the short term but underestimate what we can do in the long term.