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Have a Look at Your Accomplishments in 2016
Can you apply what you learned from 2016 to next year?
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 12:00:00 PDT


Take a moment to pat yourself on the back and take credit for your many accomplishments. Last January we talked about how organizing with an app like Perinote can help you reduce stress. Whether or not you had a chance to try any of the techniques we suggested back then, here are some simple ways to measure and boost your progress.

Goals are just that: goals. They are a target you shoot for and a place for you to focus, long term. If you make your goal, you’re ready to focus on the next one. If not, you’re still doing fine as long as you stay on track. Do you have a way to track your progress? We’ll refresh your memory with some of our examples and show you how to prepare for great things ahead.

So what does this sort of reflection look like? Well for example, maybe you decided this year to try a new organizational method, such as David Allen’s Getting Things Done, or the Eisenhower Matrix. Now it is important to ask yourself, did you stick to using those methods? Sometimes we don’t stick with our resolutions because we have to cobble together the right tools for the job - we get frustrated and we give up.

For example, here’s how to use Perinote to represent the Eisenhower Matrix. In the screenshot above, by creating tags, you can implement the Eisenhower method of organizing all of your daily tasks into these four groups. This is yet another way that Perinote reflects the way you think and work.

Another thing we can learn from an honest year end assessment is to course correct by setting realistic, measurable goals, task by task, rather than pursuing ideals. Many times our New Year’s resolutions turn into lofty ideals of the sort of person we wish we were with the sort of behaviors we wish we had. Sometimes this is advantageous, but often that sort of thinking can limit your success. Those ideals might not take into account the constraints, responsibilities, strengths and challenges you handle daily. That is why when climbing towards your goal, you can’t just leap up all the stairs at once, you have to take it one step at a time. Whether it is weight loss, or getting organized, all resolutions or commitments work best when approached incrementally.

So once you’ve completed an assessment of what did and did not work the previous year, you’ll be ready to set goals for 2017. Here are some approaches to keep in mind:

Be specific

Your odds of success are much higher when your goals are specific. For example, you are much more likely to follow through if your  goal is “create a folder for each business client” than something vague like “keep track of business meetings”.   

Take smaller bites

Often we don’t succeed in achieving our goals, because we take on more than we can honestly maintain. We get excited about an idea and take off with it in the hopes of making a dramatic change, but instead we burn out. The key is to move beyond your comfort zone, keep a reasonable pace.

Failure leads to success

Trying something new carries a risk of failure. It’s easy to become scared of failure and never get started. Some of the most successful people in the world (Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, etc) have experienced failure before ultimately succeeding. It was Sir Winston Churchill who said, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”. So go after Your Life Your Way™ task by task. Don’t let momentary setbacks get you down, stay enthusiastic, stay determined and you will succeed.

All of us at Perinote wish you the best of luck with your 2017 New Year’s resolutions and we look forward to supporting your achievements in the upcoming year.

For more ideas and details on how to create effective resolutions, check out this post from The Energy Project: Six Keys to Changing Almost Anything.

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