I’m staring down the barrel of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Depending on your religious preference, you can toss in a few more holidays too.
It’s time for me to dust off last year’s goals and see how I’m doing.
Here’s a list of a few of my personal goals, followed by some bad habits I’m looking to break.
- Effective time management, planning and focus
- Creating high value content at outposts such as Flickr, YouTube, etc.
- Family Time
- Speaking gigs
….you get the point. I’m doing well on some, and not as well on others. Looking back, my goals were reasonable but I carried forward some bad habits that slowed me down.
Bad Habits to Break in 2011
- Waiting till the last minute to book travel: For example, book your holiday travel between September 30th and October 15th.
- Read a book a month: A good reading goal is not the completion of the book, but put putting the principles into action.
- Scheduling meetings to end on the hour: Give your attendees 5 or 10 minutes to dust themselves before their next meeting.
- Checking email and social networks too frequently: Dedicate an hour in the morning for email and social networks. Allot 3 to 4 times during the day to connect for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Eating once or twice a day: Eat healthy every three to four hours.
- It’s all about me: Publicly recognizing the work of other people, even those not in your industry
- Social Irresponsibility: Weave in a charitable component into your work at every opportunity.
While these are not all of my bad habits, I chose the ones that seem to have the most universal appeal. This isn’t a post about how to set goals, lots has been written, and since it’s September, lots more is about to be written.
The point is to look at what is holding you back from achieving your personal and professional objectives. In my view, the majority of the blockers are self inflicted. In 2011 I’m going to place less emphasis on how to set goals. The focus will be on removing the self imposed distractions which act like “detour” signs. The signs seem to lead to complacency.
To be honest, it’s easier not to work out, eat once or twice a day and check email. It probably feels easier until you look back at the last nine months and wonder where all the time went. I think that writing down your bad habits, and looking at them as blockers, help to reframe the conversation. If you’re driving from point A to point B, you light up your GPS and swiftly move around traffic jams, accidents, road closures, etc. No matter what, you get to your destination. Pretend like your goals are a destination you’re driving towards. Swiftly remove the blockers and by week’s end, month’s end, year’s end, you’ll get there.
What say you?
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