As a Productivity and Organizing professional, I’d like to share my thoughts on how to form your new year’s resolution(s) so that they have the greatest amount of meaning for you…
Time is finite, so make the most of it. What you decide to do with your time is directly related to how likely you are to achieve the goals you set for yourself. Using WIN*, or “What’s Important Now”, is a way to get the best from your resolution(s). Let me give you a couple of examples:
- Let’s say you resolve to feel less rushed in the morning. First, determine why you feel rushed. Is it your routine, or your family’s routine, that’s slowing you down? Is it that you can’t find the clothes you want to wear? What’s the one thing that, if you improve on, will have a positive effect on everything else in that chain? That’s your WIN. Your WIN might be to wake up 10 minutes earlier; to pick out clothes the night before for you and your kids; or to reduce the noise (and stress) level by turning off the radio and TV in the background.
- Or, say you resolve to be more productive in your business or your job. What’s holding you back? Do you need better systems? Do you need a more supportive physical working space? Are you drowning in paper? Your WIN might be to go through your paper files; to create a weekly schedule (e.g.: Mon – admin; Tues – marketing; Wed – client touches); or to work in set chunks of time (25-45 mins) to increase your ability to focus.
Isn’t WIN a fabulous acronym for the start of the new year?
*WIN is a fundamental principle of #Essentialism. Read the book by @GregMcKeown to learn more.