5 tips to stay focused and productive this year
The beginning of the New Year is a good time to make resolutions. However, many of us find that what we set out for ourselves might not make it until February, not to mention August. University of Scranton research found that just 8 percent of people achieve their New Year’s goals. While setting goals can be exciting, sticking to them and working on them regularly can put people off, especially when they have to be their own coaches and have no accountability or report to hand in at the end of the year.
Here are 5 tips to make sure you don’t repeat the same mistakes as the previous year and that you will finally achieve your most important goals:
1. Set the right type of goals
First off, be honest with yourself. Are the goals you have your own or your family and friends’? You need to be 100% all-in. You have to own and believe in them. Additionally, in the world of social media comparison, it’s also easy to fall for goals you think are nice to have (because your neighbor or favorite social media influencer has done it). A nice thing to have will not cut it. A goal is not a wish. It’s a clear objective with a defined outcome.
A study by psychologist Gail Matthews has shown that people who write down their goals are 33% more likely to achieve them than those who don’t. Therefore, write your goals somewhere to be able to see them throughout the year. If not, how can you know you will remember them, not to mention pursue them? A good idea is to keep a notebook with you or make notes on your phone to keep track of your goals and see how you and they evolve.
3. Create a plan
We all know the now-famous quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Therefore, don’t just stop at writing down your goals. Go a step further and make a plan on how you will achieve them. I like to break down my goals into small steps so they are more manageable and less overwhelming. Remember, the more detailed, the better.
We often forget that the future is only rarely if never fully predictable. Therefore, you should set aside some hours in your schedule to go back to your plan and see how you can adjust it. I usually do that every end of the month and at the end of the quarter, I spend more time analysing my overall strategy. A lot of times, I find myself changing tactics and tweaking my strategy to achieve my goals. Change can be good and you shouldn’t be afraid to switch things around when they are not working.
5. Find support
Nothing is better than having someone to share your passions and hopes with. It’s a good idea to reach out to your friends, family and network to help you with achieving your goals. They could be there not only in the hardest times, but also partake in your entire journey. Yes, there is nothing more efficient than going through a diet with a best friend or your partner or learning a new language with your bestie. If you are working on starting and growing your business, a good idea is to have an accountability partner with whom you can compare notes and report to weekly.
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