Makes Rules. Not Resolutions.
Is it just me, or does it seem like no one follows through on resolutions anymore? My suggestion: try making rules for yourself instead. Rules are what we grew up learning to follow. If you broke a rule, you got in trouble. Simple as that.
With that being said, don’t be too hard on yourself. Perfection is not the goal here. Creating rules just helps accomplish goals. Similar to short-term goals vs. long-term goals, but a rule is a rule. Definition: "set of explicit or understood regulations or principles governing conduct within a particular activity." Thank you Google!
Examples of Goals:
- Be more productive at work
Start your own business
Examples of Rules:
Go to bed and get up at a decent time
Stay focused on a task for 45 mins to an hour then take a small break
Network with at least one new person each week
These rules could be looked at as small goals, but if you call them rules you are more likely to follow through. I personally have made a rules for myself starting this year to get up at 6:45am and NOT hit snooze. This way I don’t have to rush in the morning and I’m never late for work not matter what is happening with the trains (aren’t they the worst!?!). By relaxing more in the mornings now I am more focused at work and able to tackle my most important tasks right away. I don’t feel like I need to take the first 30 mins at work to check Instagram and drink my coffee. It wasn’t a resolution. Just a simple rule I decided was important for success this year and just like that I’m making myself follow it. Give it a try and let me know what you think!