I’m going to do it! Have you ever told yourself you’re going to do something and then a week goes by? Then a month? As a single mom, maybe even a year and you still haven’t done it?

It’s not that you don’t want to do it, but life gets in the way…or so you tell yourself. So, what’s stopping you? Do you think you can do it? Do you believe you can do it? Do you actually take action to do it?

I loved school. Maybe not in middle school or even high school (although I loved, loved, loved math class). In college, I found more of who I was and what I excelled at. I don’t like studying for subjects that don’t interest me, but for the ones I do, I can become a little obsessed. I would spend hours perfecting a project. A few minutes finishing something would turn into an hour.

I liked that things were due and I was responsible for that. I would make sure it was done…no matter how long I had to stay up to do it.

I’ve always thought I was pretty good at follow through, but it would be on my own time. I get it done, but instead of getting it done today, it might be next week. Procrastination at its best, especially when I started parenting alone. So college worked great for me. Someone else decided the deadline and I would make sure to have it finished by then.

In order for me to accomplish things in the time I want, I have to set deadlines. It CANNOT be open-ended. I’ve found without a deadline date, one week turns into a month. Then I finish the project a heck of a lot later than I wanted to…and then wonder where the time went and why it took me so long.

I heard someone say this the other day, and it resonated with me….Without a deadline, it’s just an idea. Single moms find themselves working toward something for so long but they never finish it. It’s left as a work in progress. Do you want to finish it? Do you want to move onto the next thing? Do you want to achieve success?

So whether it’s writing a book, starting a business, becoming a better marketer, or creating time in your day for yourself, start today. Since your time when parenting alone is so limited, create your calendar by blocking off a certain amount of time in your day to work on it. Mark this time on every day until it is finished. No more excuses. You will accomplish so much more when you make this time. You will feel better, and you’ll be able to move onto your next achievement.

If this is something you struggle with, get someone to help you. Whether it’s a friend, a professional organizer, or a coach your time is worth money. If you aren’t creating the time in your day to accomplish your goals, then you might be wasting it. Work toward your goals, and success will find you quicker than you might think! Just get it done!