Productive New Year

Merry Christmas and a Productive New Year!

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How do you make 2018 a productive new year? Here you will get some practical advice on how to set goals and actually reach them.

Christmas is here, 2017 is soon coming to an end. Amazingly, this is blog post no 100. I think that’s worth celebrating too! But first, let’s find out how to make it easier to reach your goals in 2018.

 

How to make 2018 a productive new year?

It’s time to start thinking about the dreaded new year’s resolutions. You know, those things that we tell ourselves that we are going to do – or not do, only to forget them in February. There is a simple reason why most people are failing with goals like this; “exercise more” and “eat healthier” may sound like good goals, but in reality, they are almost impossible to reach.

Let’s start with the obvious; How do you know when you have reached these goals? If you did not exercise in 2017, your goal of exercising more in 2018 will be fulfilled by only exercising once in 2018. Your goals not only have to be measurable, you have to measure the right things in order for the goal to be meaningful.

 

Start with why

“Exercise more” and “eat healthier” is not even this right name for a goal. Let’s start with why you want to do a particular thing, and how to measure progress in a way that helps you to reach your goal.

If “exercise more” means that you want to get in better shape, you should consider setting a target heart rate level. If “eat healthier” means that you want to lose some weight, you should set a target weight as well. Without concrete targets, you cannot measure progress in a meaningful way.

For this blog post, let’s assume that you just want to improve your health without setting specific targets for weight or heart rate. With this in mind, “Improve health” a better name for your goal.

Next, you have to set up two projects: “Exercise more” and “eat healthier.” Both of these projects have multiple actions. Let’s break it down.

Exercise more

  • Join squash group at work
  • Set aside time every Wednesday for squash
  • Start walking to the convenience store instead of driving
  • Call friend about hiking trip this summer

Eat healthier

  • Clean out all snacks from the kitchen
  • Wine is only allowed on Saturdays
  • Plan dinners for the coming week every Sunday
  • Go grocery shopping every Monday after work
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It’s all about habits

What you have now is a clear why that translates into a goal. To reach that goal, you have two projects to complete. To complete these projects, you have to put some action items on your calendar, and some in your task manager (I would put it in Todoist).

The following items go on your calendar:

  • Squash every Wednesday
  • Grocery shopping every Monday after work

The following items are recurring tasks in your task manager:

  • Plan dinners for the coming week every Sunday
  • If you want to, you can set up “Start walking to the convenience store instead of driving” perhaps once a week, just as a reminder.

To kick off both projects, you need to do the following things once:

  • Join squash group at work
  • Call friend about hiking trip this summer
  • Clean out all snacks from the kitchen

The biggest challenge is to establish the habits necessary to succeed with these two projects The new habits that you have to make is:

  • Not having snacks and sweets in the house
  • Only allowing yourself to drink wine on Saturdays
  • Start walking to the convenience store instead of driving

It’s these three habits, plus the regular game of squash every Wednesday, that are going to make or break your projects. Emagine if you start doing this kind of breakdown and implementation for all of your goals and projects. Maybe that should be one of your new year’s resolutions?

One last tip: If you really want to make next year a more productive new year, Install Todoist and start using the Karma function.

Todoist Karma

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All that is left is to say Merry Christmas and a Productive New Year!

 

 

 

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