I recently attended a workshop with Alan Weiss, The Million Dollar Consultant. He discussed how to successfully change habits. He stated that if you change one thing at a time you have a 92% chance of success. If you change two things at once your chance of success declines to 53%.
What does that mean for your productivity? It means take it one step at a time. Take the time to integrate each change before adding something new. Don’t rush. Be kind to yourself.
Instead of changing your calendar, your task system, your schedule, and your paper systems all at once, change one thing at a time. Integrate it, be comfortable with it, get it right. Only when it has become a part of your routine should you make another change. It’s a slow process, but better slow and steady than back where you started.
I know I’ve been gone a while. I’ll be honest and tell you I didn’t write much last year because I didn’t feel I had much new to say. I’m tired of all the content clutter out there…the same stuff over and over again. I will not waste your time with that. I will write this year when I have new thoughts that I think you would find valuable. I hope that will be often.
Many of you signed up to receive my weekly tip years ago when I wrote exclusively about organizing. I have evolved and so has what I’ll share. I will be writing this year about organizing, productivity, and leadership as they relate to quality of life and making life easier.
This week I want to share with you my alternative to New Year’s resolutions and goals. This year I want to ask you to consider writing down your intentions. For many years people wrote about SMART Goals with the SMART meaning Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. I’m asking you to throw that out the window and write your SMART Intentions. Here’s a graphic I made to help you:
Consider what you want for 2016. Set your intentions today and I am sure you will indeed have a happy NEW year.