pardon my tardiness to the new year’s goal-setting extravaganza that commenced jan 1st. as you know, my ocd-ness just does not allow for starting new goals on new year’s day when it falls on a thursday. i mean, really? like, when did i have time to think about my goals when it just falls in the middle of the week like that? so if you’re like me and dead-set on really kicking off the new year on the first monday of 2015 (like any logical person would do), take a gander at my goal-getting tips for the (ocd) procrastinator. but before we get to your plan of action, why not procrastinate a tad bit more? here’s why being a procrastinating goal-getter actually works this time of year:
there’s plenty of time.
relaaaax…this is the beauty of being a procrastinator: you’ve got time. like all day. see there’s a whole slew of people who rushed to set their new year’s goals exactly on january 1st, operating on very little sleep, and quite possibly recovering from a holiday hangover. i mean, who sets goals in this state of mind? not us. we are efficient! one of these years, the first is gonna fall on a monday and i’m gonna have to rethink my strategy here, but it’s a wonderful thing when i have a weekend to to sit back and relax, and then give some good thought to what i want my goals to be. for me, having a company in the business of helping people set goals around their health means that december and january are a bit chaotic to say the least. then add to that the fact that regardless of my busyness/business, i choose to take time off between christmas and new years to be with family. because for me, that’s what really matters. so come jan 1, i appreciate the few days leading up to the first monday in the new year. because, who starts anything in the middle of the week? the holidays are stressful enough for most, so pardon me for wanting to just enjoy them, knowing full well i have a whole weekend to work on my new year’s goal while curled up on the couch with a hot cup of coffee. [heads up: we have until january 2018 to worry about this - that is the next time new year’s day falls on a monday.]
take it all in.
talk about good material out there. all the good articles on productivity, goal-setting, motivation, achievement, etc. are all simultaneously published and posted anywhere from dec 31 through jan 2nd and i need some time to sift through all the goodness. what new research has been done? what motivates change? what tools must i have in my arsenal to be more productive this year? how can i effectively apply these things to my life? how can share them with my fitbookers in a way that helps you as well? as much as i create materials, i see myself as a purveyor of such information because not only does it guide me, but it also helps me to understand how i can better inspire others. here’s a quick list of the worthwhile reads that i saved to my phone to share with you:
- “why you don’t keep your resolutions…and how to fix that.” [entrepreneur magazine]
- “5 strategies for making your new year’s resolutions work.” [success magazine]
- “44 apps that turn your smartphone into a productivity powerhouse.’ [infographic]
- “67 science-backed ways to lose weight.” [greatist]
- “15 money tips to make you rich in 2015.” [business insider]
- “why 90-day goals are better than year-long ones.” [fast company]
- “goals stretch your faith.” [rick warren]
let the noise die down.
frankly, there’s information overload this time of year, if i must say so myself. why must we condense all of our ambition to be our best into one day? as though we think it’s entirely possible to shift our behaviors, habits, goals, and complete trajectory of our life in one day that happens to begin with 01/01. the beauty in the new year is the fresh start…the hope for something better…the desire to bring about positive change. but it’s always been my prerogative to promote this message year round, not just on january first. so pardon my quietness and maybe lack of noise around 01/01 when you would expect this self-proclaimed “goal guru” to tout my “top tips to being your best you in 2015” or “5 ways this will be your best year ever.” the truth is, goal setting (and being a goal-getter) is not something that we should focus on just once a year. this is something that you should revisit frequently, some might say weekly or even daily. my approach has always been to take a big goal, then break it down into smaller, more achievable goals, because frankly, big goals can be overwhelming. often that big goal that was designed to inspire you, instead stares you right in the face and scares the pee-wodden (yes, that’s a term) out of you. big goals are effective in that they push us to achieve more; to set our sights on something greater. but when it’s a pie-in-the-sky ambition with no logical steps of how to achieve it, you’ll often find yourself falling flat on your face. and that’s no bueno.
so, given that now i sound like a new year’s goal setting scrooge, let me clarify that i do think there’s tremendous value in doing so, especially in the new year. there’s something wonderful about reflecting on where you are in life, who you want to be, how you can make positive changes + what you can do differently to bring about those changes. so here’s my approach to setting new year’s goals. yes, it’s a bit more involved, but i guarantee it will be more effective than setting immeasurable, fluffy goals that won’t last you through super bowl sunday. now….finally, post-rambling, here’s your (last-minute) plan of action to set some serious goals:
1. determine if you’re an ocd procrastinaor
hint: if you’re reading this, haven’t set your new year’s goals and/or feel awkwardly uncomfortable reading this because you feel like i’m reading your mind, the answer to #1 is yes. embrace it. i’m right there with you.
2. block out 1 hour tonight to set your goals
curl up by the fireplace with a hot cup of tea + arm yourself with your goal-getting goods: fitbook to set weekly goals + plan your workouts, and a freshly printed copy of my 3-day KICKSTART ebook. (have you seen it? it’s pretty awesome…so if you need a guide for where to start on your health + fitness goals, download it!)
identify your 7 key goal areas + list those across the top.
to give you ideas, here are mine: family + friends, finances, faith, fitness + health, fitlosophy, free time, future. (note: yours don’t have to all start with f. again, ocd.)
- set a few BIG goals for each goal area.
for example, my “free time” goal area might include: read 2 books per month, spend 1 hour per week writing my memoir + go horseback riding once a month. make them measurable + think about creating well-rounded goals that get you from where you are to where you want to be. write those out in row 2 next to the little checkmarks.
map out when you want to focus on each goal
for example, if one of your “faith” goals is to find a small group in your church, that’s a good goal to accomplish in january – so in the january column, jot that down. creating a “map” for the year makes it a bit less overwhelming. note: you may not have ALL boxes filled in…it’s only january! hence, the next step…
create a reminder in your phone to revisit goals monthly
on the last sunday of each month, i block out an hour in the evening to reflect on what goals i accomplished for the previous month, revisit my big goals + reset them if necessary, and then determine what my action step is for the next month. add this to your smartphone + block off time. this step is pivotal!!!
it’s a time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished + also focus on where you want to go. so, let’s lose the resolutions and PLAN to rock some serious goals this year. you in? now, off to plan my own goals…because well, i haven’t finished yet.
happy new year, fitbookers.