By Heidi Solomon P.O.S.H.
Habits that align your behavior and decisions with your life goals are the main differentiator between those who reach their goals and those who don’t. Whether these are personal or professional goals find the habits that work for you and stick with them. It’s the baby steps every day that truly make a difference in the long run. Here are a few ways to either form habits and/or keep moving forward to make your dreams a reality.
Have a Plan
A goal without a plan is simply a wish. With a plan you have direction, focus and clarity. Trying to make progress without a plan is like moving through quicksand blindfolded. Not only are you stuck but you are unable to clearly find a way out. Plans do not have to be complicated. They can simply be a starting date, an ending date and a few steps to reach your goal. If that seems daunting, start with daily plans. Today I will do “X,” tomorrow I will do “Y.” An effective strategy is to take an hour each Sunday to plan the week ahead. Decide what you are going to do and when. As the week unfolds, tweak your plan to maximize efforts and keep you moving forward.
Plan B exists because it’s pretty common that Plan A doesn’t work out as we hoped. When trying to enact change or tackle the “impossible,” keep trying until you get it right. Be patient with yourself and keep your eye on the goal. Bad habits are hard to break. You will face setbacks and unexpected turns.
Do the Most Difficult Task First
Tackling the project you most dread first is like climbing to the top of the mountain to start. Sure, the trip up is hard, grueling maybe and more than likely you will ask yourself why you are doing this. The key lies in the fact that once you summit and look around at what you’ve accomplished you’ll feel like a million bucks. Even better, what you perceived as the greatest obstacle is done and now everything else seems like a walk in the park.
Capitalize on Your Strengths
Focus on what your good at to reach your goals. It’s wiser to spend time improving your strengths than improving your weaknesses. For example, if on a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being the best) you’re an 8 on completing tasks but a 3 on legibly writing lists, devote your time to completing more tasks rather than getting things down on paper. It’s a lot more effort to go from a 3 spot to a 10 spot than an 8 spot to a 10 spot. You’ll see greater results focusing on your strengths than your weaknesses and feel more confident in your abilities along the way.
A supportive community helps provide accountability and encouragement along the way as well as offering a sounding board for new ideas and a different perspective. Tell your friends what you want to accomplish or join a support group with common interests, such as a mother’s group or professional association. The camaraderie and resource sharing with your peers is invaluable.
Heidi Solomon is a Certified Professional Organizer and Productivity Consultant who helps busy people live successful organized lives.She has developed her own holistic organizing philosophy based on years of experience managing business operations combined with the centuries old philosophies enshrined in Feng Shui and Buddhism. Heidi’s key focus is to design systems that meet the unique needs of each client. POSH was awarded Best of Boston Home in 2012.