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How to Achieve Your Resolutions in 2018

The 1st week of 2018 already passed and you have many ideas, many things you want to accomplish. Treat your goals and life objectives as starting a diet. Think of it like this; there’s no diet for everyone, what works for me won’t work for you. You must do it à la carte. Pick and choose what works better for you and keep improving yourself.

Writing NYE resolutions is a fit all diet so to speak. There’s no system or framework to help achieve your goal and even though NYE resolutions are well-intentioned but rarely get accomplished is because they are:

  1. Unmeasurable;
  2. Intangible; and
  3. Without any deadline.

Good examples of these are:

  1. Be a better person,
  2. Lose Weight
  3. Get Organized
  4. Get in Shape
  5. Earn more money
  6. Watch less TV
  7. Read More.
  8. And the list continues.1

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“What’s “Better,” What is “More,” What is “less”?” What does it in mean to be in Shape? Or to be organized?

So, if you want to achieve something this is the system I use, this is a mix of OKRs//KPIS and Shane Parrish from Farnam Street.

Pre-Planning

We will call Pre-Production as the process before executing your resolutions. Items you need: A notebook or any application for making notes, I prefer Trello or Alternote.

  1. On a (preferably) Sunday go to your favorite coffee shop — Important Get out of your house. Try to be in a place you feel comfortable enough, but not too comfortable to get distracted. Treat yourself with a kickass coffee, or a glass of wine.
  2. In your whatever format your prefer (Evernote, Trello, Notebook), write down what would you like to achieve into three big buckets: Personal, Relationships and Work. Put them down on the right side of your notebook. This will be our north star per bucket.
  3. Then write a simple task that you want to achieve THAT COMING WEEK towards that North-Star.
  • Try to be as specific and measurable as you can be, for example:
    • “Be a better friend” = Call an old acquaintance 1 a day.
    • Write 500 words a day;
    • Read 10 minutes;
    • Write down the Index of that book you want to write.

That’s it. Now let’s go and try to achieve all of them.

EXAMPLE BOARD

Sprint Goals

During the week try to critically evaluate, why, how and what is happening on each of the tasks you were eager to achieve. The next Sunday you will go back to the same location with the same items, but now you will bring a calendar.

  1. Evaluate what did you not achieve. What was achieved but not as expected? Here you must review resources allocations. Question yourself where is your time going in each bucket.
  2. Identify the tasks your still want to achieve for the coming week. Sometimes the practice breaks the theory.
  3. Now you will plan your week again, but you will put specific deadlines//bucket of times. You know how flexible or rigid you want to be, so add the items to your physical calendar or google calendar.

Post-Planning

If you did this for two weeks straight, you would potentially have an idea of what are your weaknesses and strengths on the items you want to accomplish.

Now plan your week/month/year, and allocate resources between buckets. Remember success is in the things you stop doing. Assertively review what items consume a lot of your time. Identify them, cut them out and then move the time towards something that makes you better.

 

Resolutions

What should you focus on?

If you don’t know what you want vs. what you don’t want, use the Regret Minimization Framework by Jeff Bezos. Bezos says:

“I wanted to project myself forward to age 80 and say, “Okay, now I’m looking back on my life. I want to have minimized the number of regrets I have.” I knew that when I was 80, I was not going to regret having tried this. I was not going to regret trying to participate in this thing called the Internet that I thought was going to be a huge deal. I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not ever having tried. I knew that that would haunt me every day, and so when I thought about it that way it was an incredibly easy decision.”

What would you regret tomorrow?

Be Bold

Do things that matter, happy 2018.

Hasta la próxima,

Daniel Yubi.

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