Hey guys and girls, ladies and gentlemen…
This is officially the last post on Upgradereality.com for the year 2010!
I’ve said pretty much everything I wanted to say about 2010 in my last article, and now it’s time to look ahead to 2011 and make it just as awesome or better than 2010!
It seems to be tradition to make new years resolutions towards the end of every year, but unfortunately the majority of those resolutions don’t even make it past the month of January before they are broken or brushed aside and written off.
You may want to eat healthier, get in shape, lose weight, go out to get more dates, start a blog to make extra income, learn to play an instrument etc.
I’ve said this many consecutive years and made many courageous and reward-promising resolutions, only to forget about them after a couple of weeks into the new year.
Why New Year’s Resolutions Never Hold
From my experience I deduce that the problem lies in the fact that when you make one giant resolution (goal) in December for the year ahead, that goal is way too big and vague to actually materialize.
Let me explain a bit better:
When you decide that you want to lose weight and get in shape next year, that is a fantastic goal and resolution to set, because you and people close to you will benefit when you achieve that goal.
Now you have a goal, but there are two important things missing from the picture…
1-) You need a plan of action how you will achieve your resolution for the year ahead.
2-) You need to follow your plan and take action towards achieving that goal every day/week.
Without a plan and without taking action, I suspect that your new years resolution will not hold longer than a couple of weeks. This may sound obvious in theory, but when it comes to making new year’s resolutions, most people won’t make a plan and most people won’t take action.
How To Make New Year’s Resolutions Work
A method of setting new year’s resolutions that actually stand a chance to be fulfilled is to break your resolution up into smaller goals and break those smaller goals up into even smaller goals.
Imagine needing to move a solid block of steel weighing 3650 pounds for a distance of 300 feet (without any equipment). Sounds pretty impossible right?
Now imagine moving 10 pounds every single day for a distance of 300 feet. Sounds much easier and very do-able right?
The idea is that you take any large resolution that you want to achieve in the year ahead (e.g. losing weight and getting in shape) and break it into bite-size daily and weekly goals that you can easily carry out for the next 12 months on a routine basis.
Instead of saying that you want to lose 36 pounds next year, set the goal of losing 3 pounds a month.
Combine that with making a plan of action of going to gym 3 times a week and doing cardio 2 times weekly, and you have yourself a resolution that you can actually achieve without giving up before you even got started.
Goal Setting Software to Support Your Resolutions
Personally I’ve been setting small goals for myself on a daily and weekly basis for the entire 2010, and I must say that I’m very happy with the results. My productivity is up tenfold and I feel very satisfied with what I have achieved.
I’ve been using a whiteboard, post-it notes and notepads to write my daily/weekly goals on, and although it works, it can become messy. The problem is that it is an unorganized method and system, it is hand-written and it is prone to confusion at times (goals/tasks get lost, become unreadable or get overlooked).
At the beginning of December I was approached by Harry from Goals on Track – an online goal setting software site. Harry told me all about his goal setting software and the features, and I decided to give it a try because it is something that could benefit me and the readers from Upgradereality.com.
I’ve been using Goals on Track for the last 3 weeks and am highly impressed by it’s effectiveness and functionality. It costs $5 per month but it’s well worth it and I’ve signed up for the next 12 months.
Goals on Track is a website where you get access to a specialized goal setting system with your own login and dashboard.
- In your personal account you are able to create daily, weekly and monthly goals with a few clicks of your mouse.
- You are able to schedule tasks for specific calendar days.
- You are able to make notes of your progress with your goals.
- Above all, you are able to easily oversee all the goals that you have set, completed and that are still outstanding on one single page.
The reason why I find Goals on Track so effective and useful is because you can:
Plan all your tasks and goals weeks in advance,
Have them all neatly organized in the same place,
Oversee them very easily,
Have scheduled tasks sent to your email to remind you ,
And the best is…you can access your goals from anywhere in the world because they are stored online!
Anyways, the main thing I want you to take away from this article is that you need to break your new years resolutions into smaller goals. Goals that you can achieve on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, so that you are certain to fulfill your resolution (or at least keep it up for a couple of months instead of the usual few weeks).
Click Here To Sign Up for Goals on Track
Whether you want to keep track of your tasks and goals on paper or whether you want to use Goals on Track (I suggest the latter) is up to you. Just make 2011 a year where you make changes to create a life that you are happy with and that you WANT to live.
Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2011!!