I am a firm believer in making New Years resolutions because I am a firm believer in setting goals for myself. Today I have THREE key tips for you to achieve your goals.
#1 – Big Rocks First (click here for full blog post) – The only way to achieve your goals is to make them THE priority. 99% of the time, a goal does not get accomplished because something else gets in the way. Plan your day with the big rock/big goal in mind and don’t let little things steal your time away.
#2 – 30 Days is Key (to Make it a Habit) (click here for full blog post) – Behaviorally speaking, it takes us humans 30 days of repetition for us to form a habit. How many of you pick up your cell phone first thing in the morning to check your messages? You have probably been doing that for years – its almost instinct at this point. (BTW – what are your checking for? Emergencies? If it were an emergency, someone would have called you already.) Whatever you goal is, you need to replete it everyday for 30 days straight to make it a habit.
#3 – Share Your Goals – The probability of your goal coming to fruition is significantly smaller if you do not share your goals with others. If your goal is to lose weight and your friends keep asking you to join them for lunch at the all-you-can-eat wing buffet, you are probably going to cave and go to lunch with your friends. If your friends knew you needed to lose the extra 15 pounds because your cholesterol count is borderline high, then they would not ask you to a lunch of deep-fried chicken parts.
In the spirit of #3, I’m going to share 5 of my 10 goals for 2012. (5 of them pertain to my family and this is not the forum to share those).
#1 – Focus & Simplify – way too often I get caught up in the multi-tasking myth (e.g., that a human can actually juggle and be effective with more then one big rock at a time) and its got to end. I can easily summarize this down to “Less is More” and I need to focus on a few big rocks that are more meaningful.
#2 – I need 2 academic research articles published this year – As an untenured Seton Hall professor, I need a minimum of three academic articles to be reviewed for tenure (I have 1 solid article already). I will do myself a HUGH favor if I can get the other two tackled a year early, therefore not having to sweat it out in my final year before review.
#3 – Run the Broad Street Run – yes I need to lose weight given all that I have eaten in the last 6 to 8 weeks. “Getting back in shape” is not a fun goal to work towards but running the 10 Mile Broad Street Run is. A race gives you such an adrenalin rush and it’s a BIG ROCK that is not easy to achieve. They only way to achieve that goal is to plan forward. The other upside to this goal is I get many additional benefits such as weight loss and for some reason or another, I think well when I’m running (e.g., fantastic ideas pop out of my head when the blood is pumping).
#4 – Take a Deep Dive into Twitter – As I mentioned in previous posts, each year I take a deep dive into something. It’s usually something to which I am a neophyte and I really need to improve my skill set. Last year it was blogging and the current DigNuggetville.com blog. For 2012, it is going to be Twitter. While I’ve had my @DanoLadik Twitter account for over nine months now, I do very little with Twitter and that’s going to change. Stay tuned…
#5 – Double my DigNuggetville Traffic – While I have been pleased with first 3.5 months of effort on the blog, I would like to double the number of unique users to the blog. I don’t exactly have this Big Rock worked out yet but a do have a few people I plan to talk to this month to brainstorm ideas. Again, stay tuned…
Thank you all for listening. Please drop me a line if you have any questions.