First of all, I want to wish every single one of you a very Happy New Year! I love the beginning of a new year because I get to do one of my favorite things! Goal Setting!
I hope each of you has an amazing year and that whatever you want to happen this year, comes easily to you!
Which brings me quickly to the theme of this post, as it does NOT fit into my mini-series on Women in STEM!
Here I sit, 7:00 a.m on January 1st. Awake despite going to bed after 2:00 a.m. But that is a new thing I want to try. I often wake up earlier than I want to, but I usually stay in bed and surf the internet. Sometimes for hours, because I don’t want to “get” up, despite being awake. It’s like giving up hope that I’ll be able to sleep more. And I love that hope!
But I rarely do go back to sleep, so I’m trying this new thing of getting up and seeing what else I can do with that time. And also, I want to find out if my getting up actually translates to exhaustion later in the day to the point of not functioning. We shall see…
It’s a new habit that I want try out. Which led me to thinking about goals vs. habits and where do resolutions and bucket lists fit into all this? Seems like a good time to think about this, as it is January 1st, after all!
Goal Setting According to Early To Rise
I just read (in bed, of course!) today’s Early To Rise article, The New 1-2-3 Goal Setting Routine. It talks about setting only two goals, one personal and one professional, for the next 90 days. Within each of those outcome goals, you lay out three action steps to make them happen. Only two goals with a 90 day deadline, and only three action steps. This hyper-focuses you, rather than scattering you on 100 different things you want to accomplish this year.
This idea isn’t new to me at all, but I haven’t actually done it either! I’ve always got a TON of things I want to do in the next year and I just brim with enthusiasm and keep listing more and more things! I have been using the Franklin Covey 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity methodology for the last few years. I have eight roles defined and what extraordinary looks like in each of those roles. Then I have a few goals in each of those roles, for a total of 30+ goals.
How on earth am I going to pick TWO goals to concentrate on when I have at least THIRTY identified?!?
Goal Setting According to Coryne Forest
The answer is…drum roll please…I’m not sure yet!
But reading through my goals as I was counting them just now, a lot of those are habits I want to cultivate, or routines I want to get into. Kind of like writing this instead of being in bed looking at my phone.
So maybe it won’t be too bad.
I’m going to look aver the list again and break it down into parts (or separate lists). What are the habits I want to gain and what do I have to start or stop doing in order to gain them?
If there are morning routines, afternoon routines and evening routines, what do I want to put into them? Are those routines getting too cumbersome?
I mean, who has 3 hours every morning to journal, meditate, exercise, prepare and eat a healthy breakfast, shower, get ready for work, pack a healthy lunch, and commute? Of course I could get up at 4:00 a.m., but unless I accidentally wake up that early, 4:00 a.m. is still night time for me!
All those things sound like a great morning routine, but it also sounds unrealistic.
So I’ll try to introduce the element of reality as I break up my 30+ goals.
Maybe my personal outcome goal for the next 90 days might be: Establish a realistic morning routine.
Then the three action steps might be:
- Take my vitamins
- Stretch for 10 minutes
- Get out of bed by 5:15 so I can be at work by 7:00 a.m.
Establishing a morning routine was NOT on my goal list for the year, but the three action steps were (in some fashion).
By organizing them this way, I have a higher likelihood of actually accomplishing them. And if I can make this part of my morning routine in the next 90 days, chances are it will become a habit.
In 90 days, I’ll have three new, good habits and I can free my focus to the next outcome goal and three action steps.
I am totally digging this concept at 8:00 a.m. on January 1st.
Let’s see where this will go!
Leaving you with this from the lighter side: I just saw someone at the gym put a water bottle in the Pringles holder on the treadmill!