It?s the little things which make the difference

A photo of crochet and a notebook by Photo by Giulia Bertelli on Unsplash
My knitting never got this far… (Photo by Giulia Bertelli on Unsplash)

?A year from now, you will wish you had started today.? This quote from Karen Lamb sums up my approach to 2018. How many times have you started a new year or a new month or a project with good intentions and come unstuck? I have done so many a time.

There is the unfinished baby blanket for my friend?s child who will be 6 this year. I am still to lose the 2 stone I wanted to shift last year. We still haven?t finished painting the dining room we started repainting too many years ago to remember so now we need to start again.

A year from now, I may wish I had started my plans today. I could then wish I had continued to tomorrow and rue skipping a day next week and then falling off the wagon by the end of the month.

This year is going to be different. Not least because it will not be just one year, but four. I am taking part in the 12 Week Year. This programme sees you tackle three goals over the course of 12 weeks. A month becomes a week. The theory is there is a sense of urgency driving you forward and it?s easier to maintain momentum over three months than it is to set your goals way off in the distance at the end of the calendar year.

I’ll be writing my goals out this weekend and breaking them down into tasks. Each week I will review them and see where I succeeded and where I failed. I may fall off the wagon but I will have the motivation to get back on again.

I am also taking part in the AltMBA in April, a high pressure course which will see me have to continually deliver projects over the course of a month. It?s the reason I have set myself the challenge of blogging every day. I want to force myself to have to show up every day. To create every day. And not only come up with ideas in my head or even start scribbling them down but to actually finish the work and publish it the same day.

This year is about getting things done. Will I be 2 stone lighter at the end of it? We shall see?

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Rachel Extance

Award-winning journalist and blogger. I help service-based business owners communicate who they are, what they do, and why. If you struggle to talk about yourself on your website or your content marketing, get in touch with me.

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