One of the best things about starting a new school year is the opportunity for a reset. Whether you are a teacher, a student, or a parent, a new school year allows you an opportunity to set aside old habits and routines that were counterproductive and to begin with a clean slate. These new routines could be school/work related, health related or connected to your personal life.
My new routine involves a new journal to help script things for me and hold myself a bit more accountable to both short and long-term goals. I am also hoping that the daily journaling will help me gain insight into the habits that lead to more productive days. One of the things that I like most about the new journal is the hourly time log which needs to be filled in ahead of time. I think that outlining the day ahead will be a deterrent for getting caught off-task and not finishing priority items. A major obstacle for me in the past has been falling for the misconception that I am good at multitasking.
So my New (school) Year Resolution is to start a task and stay on it until the conclusion and not give in to the temptation to jump to something else that I think will only occupy me momentarily. The problem for me is that these momentary distractions are seldom brief and many times I do not get back to the original task I was working on. We’ll see how it goes…
Many of us look at the start of a new year as an opportunity to make some resolutions regarding things we are going to differently over the coming days, months, years, etc. But the fact of the matter is that a lot of people fail to accomplish the goals that they set out to reach. In addition, many people miss their mark quite early on in their quest. Instead of dwelling on the numerous reasons that people come up short of where they had envisioned themselves, I am going to make two simple recommendations to help support whatever it is you hope to do for yourself in 2014.
- Announce your big goals publicly – You add a new level of accountability to your plans when you put them out there for others to know about. Whether you post your plans on Facebook, a blog, or just on a piece of paper on your refrigerator, you up the ante by making a public pronouncement of what you plan to accomplish.
- Get an accountability partner – It is fun to get together with others who have set similar goals and support one another in your quest. My biggest success from an exercise standpoint came when a group of us would meet before school every morning to do P90X before school. Knowing that others were there expecting me to show up was a huge motivator. It’s one thing to let yourself down, but it is very hard to disappoint others.
Best wishes for success in whatever your plans are for 2014! For me, I plan to blog and exercise daily. There, I said it publicly which could make you one of my accountability partners 😉