Do you feel that months have gone by this year and you have made no real progress?
Do you want to have the clarity on how to end 2016 with success?
We all know that goal setting matters, but for all the good intentions research from University of Scranton shows that only 8% of people actually achieve their new year’s goal. So if you slacked off from the goals you set for the year, don’t worry. I have researched what most successful people do to achieve their goals and it is the daily activities that they fill their time with that sets them apart. You too can learn to manage your activities efficiently and end 2016 with success!
Here are 5 smart ways to end 2016 with success.
#1 MAKE A LIST OF SMALL MANAGEABLE TASKS
Sir Richard Branson carries a notebook with him everywhere and writes down every single idea that he has. He says; “no idea is too small and no idea is too big either”. He also makes a list of small manageable tasks to complete each day by cutting his day up into chunks.
#2 AVOID PROCRASTINATION TO END 2016 WITH SUCCESS
Did you know that procrastination is a psychological issue? The good news is that you can defeat it with the right principles? Procrastination is putting off doing something for another which ends up in lost opportunity. Surely, none of us wants to wake up one day to realize that life passed us by due to lost opportunity.
One of the best slogans ever made is Nikes “Just do it!” So stop procrastinating and start now even if the alternative looks easier. Don’t wait until everything is perfect or for the right opportunity to start. The perfect opportunity never arrives.
In their book Rework, Jason Fried & David Heinemeir Hansson say, “what you do is what matters not what you think or say or plan.” So I say just do it and move on to the next project. Here are 5 ways to beat procrastination by Syed Balkhi.
#3 USE A TIME TRACKER
Time yourself as you work through your projects. This will help you track how long a certain project is taking you and help you make necessary changes. To help her stay focused, serial entrepreneur and business coach, Melanie Duncan uses a time tracker.
It is a simple table with the Time and Task on the vertical column corresponding with a dollar rate across for example $10, $100, $1,000 or $10,000, to measure if the activities she is spending time on, are income generating activities. Using her phone timer, after every 2 hours she stops to record what she has been working on.
At the end of the day, she says “I total up the hours that I’ve spent in each column, multiply them by their rate and then add it all together to see how much value I produced for my business that day.” This helps her keep on track with her goals or if she needs to reevaluate how she is spending her time
#4 HAVE A MORNING ROUTINE
Creating a morning routing whereby you wake up early before everyone in your household gives you the benefit of uninterrupted peace to do what you want such as to exercise, read or to meditate. Most successful people like Oprah and Deepak Chopra spend their first hour of the day by quieting their mind and connecting to God.
They also journal what they are grateful for. You can put in as little time as 5 minutes in each area with this routine or you can squeeze in your prayer, journaling, exersize all in one hour or less. Having a morning routine is a great way to start your day with a cleansed mind free of anxiety, stress and frustration. So squeeze in a few extra hours a week even if it means going to bed an hour earlier than normal
#5 LEARN TO SAY NO TO TIME WASTERS
If we are going to accomplish our goals and end 2016 with success, we must learn to say not to those things that are not in line with our goals. Sometimes we find ourselves trapped in things that are not in our priority list, such as random surfing of the net and neglecting what is important.
Do you sometimes find that you are on the net surfing about juicy topics, wouldn’t it be nice if you were using that time with activities that add value to your life, such as reading a motivational book, exercising or finishing creating that course that you have been putting off?
Leave a comment below and share what you are doing professionally and personally to end 2016 with success.