Guess what guys, it’s January. While I’m not necessarily the type of girl who enjoys barraging her friends/readers/followers (ALLLL 3 of you – thanks for reading, mom, dad and boyfriend – the support means a lot) with my 2015 goals, resolutions, intentions, meditations… I am certainly the type of girl who enjoys accomplishing new and challenging things. Who doesn’t?
While I myself have much room to grow as far as my proactivity and productivity skills go, there are two little “get it done” tricks that have helped me accomplish goals in the past and present (these tricks may or may not have contributed to the reason this site is currently live).
Assuming you already wrote down your 2015 goals (or at least brainstormed them), your next step is to whittle down to your top 10 for the year (or month, week, whatever). Now determine which goal on your list is your “push goal.” What is a push goal, you ask? I stole that term from Chalene Johnson, NY Times best seller, motivational speaker, and fitness expert (I may or may not have done all of her TurboFire videos at one point or another). She was recently interviewed on the Chris Ducker podcast, which is where I first learned about “push goals.”
A push goal may not be your “most important” goal, but it is the goal on your list that makes the most others possible.
For example, on your list you might consider “Travel to Asia” to be your most important goal of 2015 (recharge, gain inspiration, learn about a new culture – it’s a great goal). However, also on that list of goals you might have “Take X Training Course.” Enter the push goal. That course could help you qualify for a promotion at work (another goal checked off your list), which would grant you an opportunity to successfully negotiate a higher salary (another goal) and/or more vacation days. Higher salary and more vacation would enable you to fund and plan for your dream trip to Asia – see how this works?
Think of your push goal as the first domino that tips over the rest. If start with a domino in the middle of your line, half of your dominoes will remain standing at the end of the year! Hey, now how’s THAT for a fab analogy?
Alright, now that you have prioritized your goals and created a game plan, it’s time to take action. For genius trick number two, I have to give credit where credit is due and that is to none other than Jerry Seinfeld. After reading an article on Lifehacker a few years ago titled “Jerry Seinfeld’s Productivity Secret,” my world of goal accomplishment was forever changed.
Many of you have probably read or heard of this article before as it has long been popular in social media but I allow me to summarize anyway: Each year, Seinfeld buys a massive calendar with the entire year displayed on one page and hangs it on a prominent wall in his home. Seinfeld’s goal was to write each day, however this technique can be applied to any goal that requires daily practice: working out, learning a new skill, making lunch, drinking 64 oz of water, spending 15 minutes cleaning your home, reading for pleasure, meditating… Next, he marks a big red “X” on each day that he writes. After a few days a chain is started and the longer that chain gets, the less he wants to break it.
So simple, yet so good.
So that’s it – go forth and accomplish your 2015 goals, whatever they may be! Also, please share! Leave a comment or tweet me your goals (@keeping_change), maybe I’ll get inspired to add a few to my list / share my favorites on my facebook page. As always, thanks for reading!