It’s January 2. If you decided to make New Year’s Resolutions this year, then you are most likely still fired up about accomplishing them. Good for you! Will you remember the goals you set out to reach by December 2014? Good question. Most of us write down our goals at the beginning of the year but do not have a way to keep track of our progress during the year. I have fallen into this myself most years.
If you are intent on setting, tracking and accomplishing your 2014 goals, then this blog post is for you.
Step 1: Set your goals. Be sure to write them down some place where you cannot lose or misplace them!
Example - My three big goals for 2014 are:
- Make my family (and new daughter) my #1 priority.
- Create my first product for the Mindi Zone community.
- Align my lifestyle with my values.
Step 2: Set up your tracking system. This is where most of us fall off the wagon, but not this year.
Option 1 - My favorite way to keep track of goals is through the Getting Things Done system. This option is for those of you who are nerds about systems, lists and productivity. (I’ll be discussing this productivity system in-depth in future blog posts.)
Option 2 - The simplest way to keep track of goals is with an app (or on a calendar for those of you who prefer analog methods.) I like the Lift app, which works on desktop, iPhone/iPads and Android. It’s also FREE.
Example - Since my goals are a bit broad, I create smaller daily/weekly actions that lead to achieving my big goals. If your goals are more specific, this will be unnecessary for you.
- Spend 30 minutes daily hanging out with my family (w/no computer or electronic gadgets!)
- Work on my product 5x/week for at least 30 minutes.
- Choose one aspect of my lifestyle to realign with my values over the next 21 days. Do one action daily to meet this goal.
Step 3: Accomplish your goals. Easier said than done, right?
Don’t get worried if you fall off the wagon for a day, a week or even (gasp) a month. The secret here is keeping yourself accountable. If you are a self-motivated person, then it might be enough for you to look at your calendar or Lift app and realize when you’ve been slacking. If you are more extrinsically motivated, then find an accountability partner (spouse, friend, coach, mentor) to keep you on track.
Remember, if your goals are big enough, you won’t be able to accomplish them by mid-February. Most likely, it will take you months (if not the entire year) to reach them. You’ll do so by taking just one small step toward them each day or each week.
That’s it! Three simple steps to accomplishing your 2014 New Year’s Resolutions.
Your Turn: What struggles have you faced when trying to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions? Any tips for overcoming them?