As we move into the excitement of 2020, most people by now have already listed their goals or are stressing about the fact they are yet to. Goal setting for many, can cause unnecessary stress. This is mainly because by February 80% of us have already given up on our goals or resolutions. A lot of this has to do with how we set our goals and the reasoning behind them. If you find you’re one of these 80% who fail to stick to their goals, why not try something different!
Before setting your goals consider doing a past year review first. This is a strategy developed by the author and podcaster, Tim Ferris. Tim believes that looking back over the year that was and drawing lessons from the past is far more informed, valuable and actionable than half-blindly looking forward with broad resolutions. This exercise only takes about 30-60 minutes. Give Tim’s past year review exercise a go. The steps are below:
Grab a notepad and create two columns: POSITIVE and NEGATIVE.
Go through your calendar from the last year, looking at every week.
For each week, jot down on the pad: Any people or activities or commitments that triggered peak positive or negative emotions for that month. Put them in their respective columns.
Once you’ve gone through the past year, look at y
our notepad list and ask, “What 20% of each column produced the most reliable or powerful peaks?”
Based on the answers, take your “positive” leaders and schedule more of them in the new year. Get them on the calendar now! Book things with friends and prepay for activities/events/commitments that you know work. It’s not real until it’s in the calendar. That’s step one. Step two is to take your “negative” leaders, put “NOT-TO-DO LIST” at the top, and put them somewhere you can see them each morning for the first few weeks of 2020.
These are the people and things you *know* make you miserable, so don’t put them on your calendar out of obligation, guilt, FOMO, or other nonsense.
That’s it! Let us know how you go!