I am not a big fan of resolutions, but I do enjoy the new year as a time to try and set new goals and foster new habits. This year, I have a big goal in mind: I want to write a book! However, fitting this in to my already over-scheduled life is going to be no easy feat. Here are a few things I’ll be trying in 2018 to help keep me on track:
- Staying focused. I just turned off a zillion notifications and have downloaded apps that will keep me on task, and OFF social media. I am also trying to break my email addiction, and free myself from the feeling that I have to instantly respond.
- Saying no. In order to be able to think and write, I need more time. Unfortunately I haven’t yet figured out how to add more hours to the day, so this means saying no to things to clear space in my calendar. But if any of you figure out the 26-hour day, let me know! I hate to say no.
- Making to-do lists. I know this one seems counter-intuitive, but I realized my lists were actually keeping me focused on all the things I needed to do, rather than just sitting down and doing them! Instead I am going to set clear objectives for the day and work towards them, rather than think about everything else that would be on the list.
What will help you stay on track with your goals for the new year? Answer this question and more by plotting out positive strides in the right direction at the first 2018 THRIVE Career Workshop on Feb.21, Balanced Conversations for Stronger Relationships.