This is that time of the year when you start thinking about resolutions for the next year (2013). If you’re like me you will achieve some of your goals and not all of them. If you employ the same strategies that you employed last year to setup your resolutions you are likely to end up in the same place. Procrastination is something we all do. The degree to which we procrastinate varies a lot. In my view major impediment to achieving our resolutions are: determination, focus, resilience, procrastination among others. The purpose of this post is to share my ideas that has worked for me in the past year. If we want real results we need to employ different ways.
There are thousands of articles/posts written about New Year Resolutions. There are lots of good ideas out there if you just Google for them. There are websites dedicated to making productive procrastination. This post is just my 2 cents.
If you reading this you want to probably accomplish something. It could be a professional or personal (or hybrid) project. You have one form of motivation for any project/task either Intrinsic or Extrinsic. Meaning, you are doing it because you HAVE (Extrinsic) to do it or you WANT (Intrinsic) to do it. The positive thing is there are some tasks which you will find intrinsically motivated to do in an Extrinsic project. Here is excellent TED talk by Dan Pink: http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink_on_motivation.html about Intrinsic and Extrinsic motivation. That’s where I got the idea about these forms of motivation. Here are some things:
- Prioritize your goals
- Break your projects/goals into tasks that you can accomplish and measure
- Categorize your tasks/projects(goals): Boring, Difficult, Challenging, Research, Creative, Fun
- Determine your passionate category in order: Creative, Research, Challenge, Difficult, Boring
- Prioritize your tasks: Low, Medium, High, Urgent
- Relaxation activities: Comedy, Meditation, Dining out, etc.
- While setting deadline analyze your boring, difficult tasks and factor in some relaxation activities.
If most of the tasks are boring or difficult just add some tasks that you are passionate about in your other projects and factor it in your deadline. This planning takes sometime but believe me it works.
I personally prefer to practice self-hypnosis and visualization. You can find lot of these videos online in YouTube for instance. It’s the fastest way to put yourself in AUTOPILOT especially for planning your day. I caution you for these choices have to be made based on your comfort level of the content. Please be very careful as you make the choice and stick with it everyday. Also, in you goals I suggest you consider to include goals that develop your mental stamina. For example developing curiosity, determination, focus etc. Curiosity for instance can transform boring, difficult task into more interesting ones.
Online resources like LifeTick and Joes Goals can also be used. I have created a Goal Setting Template that you can consider using. Also, please visit http://www.facebook.com/PositiveTags and please support by “Liking” it if you like it. I will be posting more Resolution planning ideas there. Please provide me with feedback in the comments section or email me about anything.
Goal Setting by Dr. Mani (Kindle Book)