As we start back into the new year the usual story for many of us is to be thinking about what we’re doing in the coming year – what goals, aims, intentions, targets we’ll be striving for and generally how we can be better people.
Chances are, you’ve set resolutions and affirmations before and most likely got distracted by, you know, life, and those resolutions fell by the wayside after a few weeks.
So how can we do different this year?
What I know is this:
- planning and preparation are crucial,
- small actions and goals are more sustainable than big sweeping declarations, and
- relapses are normal, they don’t mean you failed or that you should give up (unless you really want to).
Here’s 3 things to keep in mind when deciding how you’re going to do different this year:
- Focus on one thing. Multi-tasking is hard and it turns out it’s not that productive. In an increasingly distracted world, technology is changing how our brain is wired and it’s harder to maintain focus, so make an effort to be fully present with what you’re doing and notice when your attention wanders. You’ll retrain your ability to pay sustained attention over time and be able to concentrate better on what’s important.
- Small consistent actions. If you’re going to do different, you need to DO different. Make time in your day, week, or month for those small consistent actions that will get your closer to where you want to be.
- Make decisions aligned with your values. Your values are you guiding principles so when opportunities present themselves, make decisions by considering how it fits in with what you value or your long term goals. If you’re a bit fuzzy on your values – this worksheet and this sorting exercise may help.