I suppose every New Year brings a flood of resolutions and plans that range from losing weight, to eating a more healthy diet, quitting a bad habit, starting a good habit, or improving some area of your life.
I am no stranger to these kind of resolutions, and I must say, that the ones I need to focus on most are usually the one that get kicked to the side of the road first! I recently read an e-book that dealt with this very issue. While much of the book was superfluous to my situation, I did glean this nugget of truth: Prioritize. The author advised instead of setting several difficult goals for the new year, to focus on the next 21 days. She said to figure out the minimum you wanted to accomplish in that amount of time, and to cut it in half! That amount should be your goal. Whoa! This is totally revolutionary! No longer do I have this huge task looming before me – just a small goal that does not seem so insurmountable. This narrow focus causes us to prioritize the tasks we want to accomplish, and only the most important ones will survive.
Just to show you haw this can change your goal-making plans, here are a few of my goals, both before reading the book, and after reading the book.
Before – Publish another piano arrangement book
After – Spend at least 15 minutes a week working on my piano arrangement book
Before – Lose XXX pounds
After – Exercise at least 4 days a week and substitute a protein shake for a meal at least 3 times a week
Before – Get back on the coupon wagon (I fell off and got run over sometime last year)
After – Buy a paper each week, and organize my coupons (I am still working on this one, but I need to finish it soon, since you can quickly get behind when it comes to coupons. There is nothing worse than missing a good deal because you can’t find a coupon!)
Just a few simple tweaks to my goals, and they all of a sudden seem so much more accessible! I have already spent more time accomplishing these “little” goals than if I had left them as they were. It gives a sense of accomplishment and renewed excitement each time you make the goal, and if you feel like you can do more, do it! Don’t modify your goals, though. Keep them simple, and you will accomplish more in the end because you will not get discouraged.
So sit down and make a list of priorities. What do you feel you have to accomplish this year? What would you like to accomplish this year? What is something you should do, but have been putting off? Write them all down, and take small steps to accomplishing those things a little at at time. It might take a bit longer, but in the end, it will get done, and you can cross it off the list!
If you are interested in reading this book for yourself, check it out!
The “Do What You Can” Plan: 21 Days to Making Any Area of Your Life Better by Holley Gerth, Revell Publishing (available on Amazon.com)