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Those who know me know I'm not a fan of new year resolutions. I've stated before there is nothing magical about January 1st, and far too much emphasis is placed on declaring resolutions. That may sound ridiculous coming from a productivity coach, but I will say instead I am a huge fan of goal planning. You may think they're the same, but they’re not.
The definition of resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something and the quality of being determined or resolute. A goal is defined as the object of a person's ambition or effort, an aim or desired result. The words alone overlook the need for a plan.
When we plan, we decide in advance what we're going to do and the specific steps we'll take to do it. About two-thirds of people who make new year resolutions abandon them within a month. With no plan in place, this isn't surprising.
Instead of the blue-sky thinking of a resolution - bring those ideas out of the rafters and hone in on some specifics. An excellent tool for this is the 5-Step Productive Environment Process™ from Productive Environment Institute. It offers an ideal combination of both big-picture and detailed thinking. The five steps are:
This process is incredibly versatile. It provides well-rounded, broad-perspective thinking to help with just about any situation, and it works the other 364 days of the year, too!
Don't limit yourself to new year resolutions. Set yourself up for success any time of year with a comprehensive plan. Be realistic about how many goals you can work on at one time, and don't forget to celebrate your accomplishments to maintain momentum.
The Productive Environment Process™ ©2005-2022 Productive Environment Institute | Used under license to Kathy Muzik