Did you know that January 17th is a holiday? Yes, it’s not official holiday though. It is a popular fun holiday called Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day.
According to popular beliefs, Jan 17th is believed to be the day most people abandon their New Year’s resolutions. But don’t lose hope, I’m going to show you how you can count yourself out of this group by beginning your goals with a strong foundation so you can complete them faster.
During this month you learned how to identify the top 3 areas of life that are most important to you, and also learned how to create goals from those areas. Now, I am going to show you 3 simple steps you can follow to make sure you accomplish those goals faster.
Step 1: PLAN
In this first step, you brake down your goal into individual items that need to be completed so you can accomplish your goal. You can do this by making a checklist or a spreadsheet with due dates for each item.
For instance, let’s say one of your most important life areas is health, and one of your goals in that area is to improve your mental and emotional health. So, let’s assume that by becoming more organized you can feel more stable mentally and emotionally.
There are many things that can be done to become more organized that’s why you need to be even more specific when setting a goal. So, in order to make this goal a reality, we need to make it even more specific.
We already said you want to become more organized so now we need to look at the options. Do you want to be more organized at home? Where? inside or outside? If inside, where? Kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms?
Or do you want to become more organized in your office? Which part of your office, your filing system, your incoming mail system, your desk, your supplies, your furniture?
The more specific the goal the better chances of success you'll have.
So, after all of those ideas, let’s say we narrowed it down to you wanting to become more organized around your desk area.
You can start writing down the plan by making a list of things that need to happen so you can accomplish your goal. Here’s one example of what that list could look like:
GOAL: Become more organized around desk area.
Try to give yourself enough time to accomplish each item, that way instead of feeling pressured to complete your task, you will feel good when you see you accomplished it sooner than planned.
Now you have a plan and you can edit it whenever you wish. There is no right or wrong way about planning for a goal. What counts is that you begin and make progress towards its completion.
Step 2: FOCUS
This is what every project needs to come alive: Focus.
Focusing is intentionally aiming all your good energy of thought to bring you closer to accomplishing your desired goal.
One system you can use to focus intently is to do intense work in small chunks of time and then take a break.
It's called Productive Sprints and it works like this:
After following these steps, you will feel accomplishment as you see the progress done.
The more you focus the easier it becomes, so try to do as many 20 minute intervals of work as you can handle, just keep in mind that there is no need to overwork yourself.
Remember, you are doing this to feel good mentally and emotionally, so, feel good and have fun in the process.
Step 3: ACT
We all know that in order to make things happen you need to act.
For the example I used above, go ahead, make a list of essential items you need on a daily basis. Grab pen and paper and do it now.
Once you take your fist step you will feel you are on the road to completion and you will start feeling excitement and fulfillment as you check items off your list.
Once that’s done do the next step, and the next one, and the next one. Keep doing this until you are done.
There is not a race to get your goal completed. But even a little progress each day, you will accomplish your goal faster.
Always remember to have the big picture in mind so you easily remember what your main goal is, the benefits of your goal, and why you wanted it… but most importantly, how it will make you feel once you complete it.
So, what's your plan?