How to Achieve Your Resolutions in 2018

How to write objectives for the new year.


Most of the NYE resolutions 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.

The problem: What’s “Better”? What is “More”? What does it in mean to be in Shape? Or to be organized?

Therefore, if you want to achieve something this is the system I use. 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 Airtable

  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.

  3. Write them down on the right side of your notebook. This will be our north-star bucket.

  4. Then write a simple task that you want to achieve THAT COMING WEEK towards that North-Star per each bucket - Personal, Relationships & Work

  • 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 the following week.

EXAMPLE BOARD

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This week is just as an experiment to test how ambitious you were with the tasks at hand. After understanding your cadence, meaning how much you can achieve, then will do a Sprint Goal.

Sprint Goals

During the week, try to evaluate, why, how and what is happening on each of the tasks.

Next Sunday go back to the same location with the same items, but now 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 you still want to achieve for the coming week.

    • Sometimes you write a task down, but you never get it done. Why?

    • Theoretically you want something (achieve that task) but in practice you don’t.

    • Maybe you aren’t incentivize enough? Or maybe you are blocked by external factors. Identify the source, and keep moving.

  3. Now you will plan your week again, but you will put specific deadlines and 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 should have an idea of your weaknesses and strengths on each tasks and its category.

Now plan your week/month/year, and allocate resources (time) between buckets.

Keep in mind that success is in the things you stop doing. Review the items that consume a lot of your time. Identify them, cut them out and then move the time towards something that makes you grow.

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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?

Do things that matter.

Hasta la próxima,

Daniel Yubi.