I was thinking about my post from yesterday, and how well the daily checking system is working even though I’ve only been doing it for one day. I was actually thinking about it as I was walking home for 45 mins instead of tramming in home for 30. And whilst I was walking home, I was content listening to Chris Clark‘s 2009 LP Totems Flare which I downloaded from Bleep. I was also thinking about it as I was washing the dishes instead of sitting on the couch. I didn’t get through all the dishes but I certainly washed more than a few. All the pots and pans, all the cuttlery, all the plates. And all that is left are glasses.
So, I thought I needed to write my tips, because I disagree with some of the other single-resolution rants other people are touting.
- Have more than one resolution. A good number is anything between 2 and whatever you think you can reasonably handle. I’ve read a few other blogs which suggest to only have 1 resolution and work at that very hard, and leave other resolutions as secondary ones. How can you realistically do this? I mean, if you want to a) lose weight and b) get a new job, how can you choose between the two? Why should you miss out if you can achieve both?
- Break it down. You need to break down your resolutions into tasks where appropriate. Some of my tasks fall into the “can’t be done until February” or “this is a monthly task which happens on the 15th which is when I get paid”. Some other tasks are daily and others can only be done on weekends. It’s all too easy.
- Monitor everything daily. I know this sounds like extra work and it definitely does take a bit of time each day (say half an hour) and it even takes time to get your system right (it took me a few revisions to perfect the excel spreadsheet I am currently using)… BUT. Once you have it, you feel really happy getting things done. And you are working towards your resolutions… Setting yourself up for success.
- Review at the end of each month. See if your tasks are working, or if you need to change them to achieve your resolutions/goals. At the end of the year, even if you haven’t achieved your goals at least you should have progressed to a point where they should be that much closer than they were at the start of the year.
Any other things you can think of?