It’s January 26. How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along?
Have you jogged every day? Eaten less sugar? Abandoned all resolutions completely? Never made any?
It’s not too late to start.
Spoiler alert: if you are on top of your resolutions, you can stop reading now and go have a glass of wine. Congratulations!
I’m just going to come out and say it: my 2016 resolutions are stuck in … 2015.
I’m doing great with:
- Client work
- Plans for 2017 (which involve plans for 2016 … )
- Other people’s plans
- Celebrating 2015’s successes
I mean, it’s not like I’ve become an sugar-injecting murderer sloth. I’m doing good things.
- Earning money (to pay for #2).
- Creating huge plans for the distant future.
- Spending time with family and friends.
- Seriously proud of what I accomplished in 2015.
But where is 2016? I see 2017 and 2015. I’m on autopilot from 2015 and on hovercraft for 2017. But what’s now?
I need a plan.
A concrete one. With bullet points and numbered lists. Check boxes and charts and things I can cross off. Little things, big things. Oh, they need deadlines. That’s it: deadlines.
Oh wait, I did that already (2016 Business Plan). So what happened? I didn’t finish The Plan. In fact, I barely got started. I think I know why: because I’m not used to making year-long plans. I can’t imagine it. I used to do it when I lived in another country, then it was easy: Year 1: France. Year 2: Germany. Etc. But now I’m here and have a business, kids and Chipotle has E. Coli issues.
But this is what’s going to change my 2016. I’m going to have a plan and then I’m going to work towards it. I realize this isn’t rocket science and in fact this is probably the path to rocket science–so that’s a good thing.
- I kinda have a plan.
- I’m not implementing that plan.
- I need to more detailed plan.
- I need to follow that plan.
That about sums it up.