December 29, 2010
We make them, thinking that all we need to do is this one thing to have a better coming year. The reality is that we need to do several things to see year-over-year improvements in our lives. That's why so many New Year's resolutions are broken - they are all or nothing. In some cases, we make the same ones over and over again. What's the point?
I look at the beginning of the year, specifically the holiday period that precedes it, as a chance to reset. It's like powering down a computer, then rebooting it. Works better, usually, no? At Yahoo!, Jerry Yang kept three lists at all times, and these lists are the ones you should draw up this week and execute on over the next three months.
1 - The Stop Doing List. What habits, tendencies or activities are counter-productive? Create a plan with a deadline, and knock these off first.
2 - The Keep Doing List. What are our greatest hits from 2010? What's working, and shouldn't be forgotten? This is important, because unless you recognize the effective, you might replace it with the novel.
3 - The Start Doing List. These are activities, habits or projects that could add value over the coming year. Consider this list the end of procrastination or the tool that will help you close the good intentions-accomplishments gap.
For me, personally, here's mine: Stop/Wasting time grazing online. Keep/Blogging. Start/Writing a schedule for each day. Get it? This is how I can increase my personal effectiveness over the year. This isn't my complete 2011 lists, but now you get this point. What's yours?