Getting your New Year’s Resolutions Back on Track

By: Josh McMillan, Business Analyst

Why are New Year's Resolutions so hard to keep?  Every year starting on December 31st, most of the talk is centered around how next year is going to be THE year, but more times than not, those resolutions are broken fairly quickly.  Why are they so hard to keep?

We have become a society that expects instant gratification with little effort.  Smart phones give us the world at our fingertips. Amazon ships items to our home in two days or less. Google provides instant information. Fitness gurus promise that if we buy their product, we'll effortlessly drop weight.

But realistically, everything in life isn't easy and deliverable in 48 hours or less. If you're a month into pursuing  your New Year's resolution and are ready to throw in the towel or if you've already given up, here are a few simple steps to help you get back on track.

  1.    Set SMART Goals
    Your goal should be: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.
  1.    Plan
    How will you achieve your goals?  Define a daily process that will allow you to achieve your big goal.  This process can include both tasks and sub-goals that will allow you to work daily to achieve your goal.
  1.    Don't focus on the goal
    Yes, you heard me correctly. Once your process has been created, turn your focus away from the goal!  Keeping your focus on the goal will prevent you from focusing on the daily process, which leads to number four...
  1.    Trust the process
    If you've followed the steps above, you know what your goal is, you've created a process to achieve that goal, and you've turned your focus not to the goal, but to the daily process that will allow you to achieve that goal.  Now, trust the process!
  1.    Use Trello or another planning tool to help manage your goals and follow your daily process
    Trello is a web-based digital task board that is free and very easy to use.  It also has a mobile app that is just as easy to use as the desktop version.

Whether you are setting goals and defining processes for work or home, give Trello a try.  You'll have your goals and processes with you wherever you go.

Each day, be the best that you can be.  Then, when you wake up tomorrow, be the best you can be on that particular day.  Trust that if you follow your process daily, your goal will be achieved because you have defined tasks you are completing. As with anything, this process will most likely need some tweaking at some point, so don't be afraid to make any necessary changes to the process along the way.

If you would like any help or advice on how to effectively use Trello or any of the tools we discuss, let us know. Best wishes in achieving all of your 2018 goals!

About the Author

This month's PM Tool is provided by MSLLC Business Analyst Josh McMillan. Josh has experience with managing large software implementations, software testing planning and execution, and aiding in the management of technical solutions for quality-based program initiatives.  He is a 2016 graduate of the Haslam College of Business at The University of Tennessee, where he majored in Business Analytics and Marketing.

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