Matt Perman’s offers some good advice for the new year/decade. Reading the whole thing is well worth your time but here are some gems:
I’m going to recommend one simple change for the next decade: Create one new, recurring routine in an area of high impact.
Create an appointment on your calendar for this routine and set it to repeat every week or every day. Then, keep the appointment.
“small things, done consistently over time, make a big impact.”
When the good things we do consistently over time take time away from doing better things consistently over time, they diminish our effectiveness. So. . . also identify one routine you can stop doing, or reduce, in order to make room for this more important routine.
In life you want as much of your time as possible to be spent on tasks that are close to the impact line.
We need to be as efficient as we can at our workflow processes so that we can spend as much time as possible on what is most important.
What you actually schedule will have more impact than what you simply intend.
So in summary:
What you actually schedule will have more impact than what you simply intend. This works on both fronts. First, it means that if you simply create a recurring appointment to do something of great importance, you will find great results over time. And second, it means that you need to make sure that the routines you create really advance your most important priorities, rather than simply things that are good but not best.
Therefore, be intentional in leveraging the fact that small things, done consistently over time, have a large impact. Create a new routine in an area of high impact for the new decade and, if necessary, reduce or eliminate something else to make room for it.
Are you motivated yet? Read the whole article here.