Anyway, I know I’m a bit late with sharing this. I wasn’t sure whether to or not as I’m still in the process of fleshing these out into specific tasks (& then diarising those tasks), so it may seem a bit woolly at the moment.
Firstly, I should confess: I rarely make New Year’s Resolutions. Actually, make that never.
For me, they always seem to be about giving something up, or some kind of deprivation, or some other negative connotation.
So instead I normally think about stuff I’d like to do, or try etc; and then make that into a bit of a goal for the year.
Yeah…you’ve guessed it; I don’t get that far with those either. Or I kind of start on them, or do something about them, and then get bored / distracted by the mundane nonsense of everyday life.
I am the Queen of Procrastination. The Grand Emperor. The Big Cheese. I’m not saying this to impress you; who on earth would ever be impressed by the fact that I repeatedly stop myself from achieving anything?
I’m just saying it so that you know I’m human. I make mistakes, I waste time, money, and anything else you care to mention.
However – this year, I have decided that things will be different.
What’s the old phrase: “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got” (or something along those lines).
Well, I want to do something different with my life.
It’s no secret that I want to work for myself.
It’s also no secret that I resent the fact that my life is ruled by my alarm clock.
(If we’re friends on Facebook you’ll have seen me bemoaning this very fact on a regular basis!)
So I knew I had to do something to ensure that this year won’t be like my previous years – I want to get to December 2012 and be proud of what I’ve achieved throughout the year.
Now, as I am generally Captain Organised** in most areas of my life I knew I just needed to pull some structure together around all of this and then diarise certain tasks relating to the goals so that I’m reminded to do certain things.
(**some might say I work in organised chaos, which would be a fair judgement. But actually it’s not that bad – when it does get silly then I take a break, sort everything out, and then carry on).
So I made a list of stuff I want to achieve this year, from small things like getting more sleep, to big things like creating 3 products this year.
Then I categorised them all to give me (counts on fingers & toes) 12 overarching goals.
Then each month, I pick 4 of these big overarching goals to focus on. Each of these gets up to 4 tasks allocated (so for each month, a maximum of 16 goal-related tasks). These then get diarised.
I have a nice little Filofax & so I’ve got it all set up to have these lists in them. Oh how I love lists!
The aim is that by the end of the year, I will have done everything on my original list of stuff – but not only that; I’ll have done it in an organised and productive way.
For example, one of mine is that I’ll be making a substantial and regular income online by the end of 2012, as that will then buy me my freedom. Obviously there are several tasks involved in working towards & ultimately achieving this, so that’s why the breakdown into tasks is absolutely crucial. Rome wasn’t built in a day, after all!
How about you? Have you set goals for 2012? How will you know you’ve achieved them? What will your rewards be?
Let me know in the comments below!
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