Some believe that the start of a new year is the perfect time to reinvent ourselves. You may want to become more organized and reduce the stress-causing clutter in your life, or you may want to work less and focus more on your family. Both of these are amazing resolutions, but what will create happiness and productivity for YOU? It is tough to make significant changes outwardly if you feel a hot mess on the inside. I have come across a few resolutions to help pave the road for increased happiness we all desire.
Ken Blanchard, the author of “The One Minute Manager,” suggests that we slowly start each day. Create your intention at the start of every day. Before checking emails or hitting the gym, sit quietly in thought. Write in a notebook every day, “Today is about…” and then complete your sentence. This may get the day started on the right foot… with a good direction.
No Power Hour
During the bustle of each morning, we feel the need to start accomplishing immediate tasks. Instead, we should unplug from social media and correspondence for 60 minutes every morning to focus on those goals that seem a little more attainable. After that 60 minutes,
Creating a List
We create lists daily. They could be for groceries, errands, or tasks for the day. Have you ever sat down to make a “stop doing list”? Rob Glazer, founder, and CEO of Acceleration Partners, started this in 2018. Every evening sit and make a love/hate list. On one side, add anything and anyone who has added value to your life in the past 24 hours. On the other side, add anything and anyone who has taken from your life in the past 24 hours. Every day try to reduce the negative side down so that all will be on the love side of your list one day.
Verne Harnish, the founder of Entrepreneurs Organization, suggests that we “Increase your question to answer ratio.” He also believes that if you are the smartest in the room, you need to get into a different room. Being around the best people for the decision at hand is effective leadership.
Check the “Too Difficult” Box
Warren Buffett’s definition of integrity is “you say no to most things.” Many times saying “yes” or “no” doesn’t fit the scenario. We must make room for “it’s too difficult to decide at this moment.” There is no shame in that. There are plenty of decisions that fall within this grey area.
Some handy categories of grey are:
- Make X progress, then come back see me
- Get X on board first
- Come back in X weeks when I have finished my current priority
- And then there’s always the straight “No.”
Fidelity Investments suggests, a good rule of thumb is to have 10 times your final salary in savings if you want to retire by age 67. Fidelity also suggests a timeline to use to get to that magic number:
- By 30: Have the equivalent of your salary saved
- By 40: Have three times your salary saved
- By 50: Have six times your salary saved
- By 60: Have eight times your salary saved
- By 67: Have 10 times your salary saved
Gathering a good group of friends who are willing to try this process is a good idea. Having monthly meetings to hold each member accountable will help you succeed.
These are just a few ideas for creating a happier you for the new year. With this happiness, we should all ramp up our productivity and lead to a more successful 2021! I hope you enjoy Cathy’s Tuesday Tip! ~Cathy
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