It is that time of the year again when you say to yourself: ‘This time it is going to be different’.
‘I will lose 15 pounds by March, sort out the room stacked with boxes full of old paperwork and finally start an internet business that will get me out of the cubicle by the end of the year’.
But like all the other times it will probably not even take a month before all these good intentions are forgotten and life goes on as usual.
Well … maybe not this year.
Let me restate that: NOT THIS YEAR!
Been caught up in reading blogs, watching free videos and buying training courses from all but one of the internet marketing gurus on this planet for too long now. Gathering all this useful information has been so much fun, so satisfying to my hoarding needs and so unproductive …
To be honest I don’t have too many regrets. Some people are really worth following and I have learned quite a lot in these past few years. But I have applied only very few ideas so the final result to my bank account is kinda … negative.
But as I said before … ‘NOT THIS YEAR!’
To make it easy on myself I have decided on only one good intention. Take action first. Study later.
What does this mean?
I used to fire up the laptop to check my emails, reply to a few of them and then follow some of those inviting links to an urgent report or another free video full of tips.
So full of tips that three hours later I would realize I had not DONE anything useful the whole morning.
Next session I got tempted by that one browser window I had left open to read whenever I had a few minutes time for it, which is now. This would take me on another abbreviated journey of the web and by dinner time I would admit that this was a lost day and tomorrow I would get some stuff done.
But by the next morning another load of newsletters would arrive with information I could not afford to miss … You get the picture.
So today I have decided to try this simple method:
- turn on computer
- set the timer for 30 minutes
- do what I have planned for this short work session
- reward myself afterward with a look at my emails or a video I am dying to watch
- go back to 2.
Hey this is not rocket science. But it is not as easy as it looks because it requires Discipline. As a result not a day will go by without at least one useful task accomplished.
I am now committed to really get some work done that will finally get me closer to the goals I have set for myself.
If you want to read more about the distinction between objects of your desire, goals and commitments go and read this great article by Daniel Watrous: