New Year’s resolutions are usually centered around a big aspirational goal: I’ll work out every day, I’ll write a book, I’ll never eat junk food. But most of us fail at our resolutions. One problem is that we’re setting our goals too high. If you want to reach a huge goal, first you have to set a small one.
Staying motivated enough to work toward our goals can be tough. The minutia of life can get in the way of our lofty dreams—which is where the non-zero method comes in. The idea is simple: do just one thing every day that help you move toward what you want to achieve. Even if that’s just performing one sit up or…
Goals are easy to set but hard to reach, and maintaining your motivation is everything (which is why focusing on a system is so much better than focusing on the goal itself). A recent study published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology sheds some light on what motivates us best.
If you have big plans for the year, you want to turn them into actionable tasks to ensure they actually get done. One way to do this? Focus on one resolution a month.
The last time you had a major project to tackle, you set a deadline for yourself—and then came very close to blowing right through it. The result: You hastily finished (or pulled an all-nighter), and then swore you’d never repeat that experience.
Getting healthy and fit is the most common new year’s resolution for most people. If you want to achieve that goal—or any goal in the new year, psychologists recommend these three strategies.
If you’re forever setting ambitious goals and then forgetting about them, an extra kick in the butt may help you stick to your plan. That’s the idea behind TrumpYourGoals, a service that will donate your money to the politician you hate most if you fail to reach your goal.
We’re seeing a lot of athletes reaching lofty goals this week, but you can be sure they’ve experienced setbacks along the way, just like we all do. To stay on track, it helps to focus more on your plan than on your goal.
Productivity isn’t just about getting things done. At its core, it’s about being resourceful with your time. In a recent interview with author Charles Duhigg , he told us, “You can spend your entire day being busy and not get anything important done. Productivity is about getting important things done.” In his new…
With any goal, pitfalls are usually inevitable. You want to eat healthier but your coworker brings cupcakes. You want to save money but your car needs work. To stay ahead of setbacks, give your goal an if-then plan.
Over 15 years of running, I’ve tracked my progress with clunky online logs, GPS-enabled watches, and smartphone apps. At first I geeked out over all the data, but now I’m back to where I began: with a wristwatch and a scrap of paper.
You have two options in life: strive to achieve your dreams, or keep dreaming them. The WOOP method is a practical system to help you turn wishful thinking into reality. Here's how it works.
Instead of setting a resolution for the entire new year, set short-term goals for 90 days. These chunks make big goals more manageable, and if you fail, you can try again or re-evaluate the goal within a shorter time span.
Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert comic strip, isn't a big believer in following your passion or setting long-term goals. They are "blinders" for unnecessary prioritizing and cause you to miss out on opportunities in related areas.
Our minds, and subsequently our bodies, are easily duped into thinking we're being treated for something, and then kicking into gear the mechanisms required to take care of ourselves. While placebos are usually associated with medicine, experiments, and clinical trials, there's an easy way to apply this type of mind…
If you're looking for big change and to set important goals, you may only need to look as far as your most painful experiences. Trent Hamm, writer of personal finance blog The Simple Dollar, looked at his past experiences and found that pulling a goal out of the more painful ones was often successful—as well as a lack…
The final week of 2009 starts tomorrow, and amidst all the travel and gift-giving and family drama, be sure to make time for the ultimate life hack: an honest, year-end self-assessment.