I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions because I always break them the minute I finish making the resolutions. I prefer to work with goals as I put more thought into them and they’re better structured. Some say that resolutions masquerade as pre goals but I beg to differ – let’s leave that argument for another day.
More often than not, I tend to set aside some time before the end of the year to jot down the goals that I hope to achieve in 2017 and create milestones for myself. It got me thinking…what is stopping me from working on some of these goals now if I already know what they are?
I’ve got a short list of goals I want to achieve in 2017 and I know that they’ll be stretching me – that’s what goals are for right?
I believe that getting a head start on some of my goals now will set me up for an easier transition into 2017 as I’m starting to work on them while the passion and momentum is still there. What’s the point of putting all that excitement on ice till 2017? I’ve got 44 days in 2016 to chip away at them, make mistakes, figure out the right rhythm of work that’s perfect for me and expand my horizons. It will also help me build the much needed consistency to work on said goals.
Here are some of the benefits you can enjoy from working on your 2017 now
- Momentum – I don’t know about you but getting started is the hardest part. Once I get over that hurdle and start working on my goal, I’m able to build momentum and find it easier to be consistent with the activities that bring me closer to my goal. The easiest way for me to build momentum is to start working on whatever goal I’ve set for myself while I’m still very excited about it
- Reducing the likelihood of burnout – Once you’ve built some momentum and you’re consistent in working on it daily, it reduces the likelihood of burnout later in the year as you’re working on it consistently. Consistency is the keyword here as it’s better to be consistent with small steps than to do large amounts of work sporadically. This is something I’m guilty of as I can do large amounts of work in a short space of time (panic mode) and go idle for days on end
- Develop a habit – they say it takes 21 days to build a habit and you’ve got 44 days to do this. There are certain habits that I’m really keen to build in 2017 that will hopefully make my days more organised and I can’t think of a better time to start trying than now!
- Creating a routine – this is something I still struggle with. I’m still trying to get myself into a good sleep routine that will keep me productive during the day without the need for a caffeine boost. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sampling different routines to find the one that works best for me. If you’ve got a routine that works for you, please share in the comments section
- Motivate you to work on your other goals especially if you’ve got some progress under your belt going into 2017 – this is a really big one for me and I believe that for this to really work, you’ll need to keep track of your progress. I can’t think of a better way to motivate yourself than looking at your journey and the growth you’ve had along the way.
While working on your goals, it’s important to set milestones and celebrate them once you’ve achieved it as this helps to further build the momentum
Have you set yourself goals for 2017? If yes, let me know your thoughts on working on your goals now. If you haven’t, now’s the best time to get to it