The best way to accomplish a goal in my experience is to hold yourself accountable. Actually, it isn’t you that holds you accountable. It is an army of friends and family that you enlist to hold you accountable no matter how many times you throw your hands in the air and say, “I’ll get to it someday,” and, “I’ve just been too busy.”
Each year I make what I call a Mega List in lieu of New Year resolutions. The Mega List is basically resolutions in categories and they have a kind of shelf life of three months. At which point, I will indeed recreate my Mega List by adding, taking away, checking off, or keeping some items.
- Health & Fitness
- Brain Food
- Personal Development
- Home & Environment
- Work & Business
Here’s the short of the Mega List idea. I label sheets of paper with these categories, and then I fill the sheets with goals, projects, plans, etc. Next, I do my best to put the items in order of “doability”. Whatever I can finish first is at the top of the list. After I’ve done that, I take the top three items on each sheet, and write them on my Quarterly Mega List.
I keep the Quarterly Mega List in a place where I can see it often. I make appointments on my calendar to accomplish those goals.
In three months, I get to review the list.
Only recently have I gotten really good at this. By “really good”, I mean I have actually been ticking things off my list!
This year, I’ve given my Mega List a theme:
This year, I am a writer.
I have a been a yoga instructor and employee for a long time. This year, I would like to be a writer.
My goals in each category are all honest desires and goals that I genuinely hope to attain, but none of those missions are as important as this one. This task is the task of being someone that I have always wanted to be: a fearless writer.
So despite my list stating my desire to do a half marathon under the Health & Fitness section, the overall is writer. Writer, writer, writer pants!
This blog is my accountability platform. I plan to post work counts, projects, plans, and whatever else I need to post to prove that I am not just thinking about writing, but I am actually doing it. I will also confess my procrastinations and such.
Welcome to the army, dear reader. Welcome.
And, Happy 2015 to you.
*I make no promises concerning typos. – Love, B