Happy 2014! It’s a little late but today feels like the first of the year for me. I spent the last 10 days teaching an intensive online course about personal branding and now that it’s over, I can focus on my business goals.
This year, I want to work on things that hindered my growth in 2013. Things like productivity, outreach, content production, and consistency.
That’s why I’m going to start the year off with a 30 day challenge. For the next 30 days I’m going to write at least 500 words per day while making sure to exercise once per day as well. My physical fitness and my ability to be productive tend to go hand in hand.
This should result in close to 30 blog posts but there may be a few posts that take more than a day to complete.
I decided 2014 will be all about putting systems in place to help me achieve my goals and take my business to new levels. I want to avoid getting stuck and wasting time getting nothing useful accomplished.
Here are the golden rules I’m going to (try to) live and work by:
1) Procrastination is not your friend
Usually when we feel the need to procrastinate, it’s because we’re avoiding something. Something that our mind sees as difficult, time-consuming, or even boring.
We know deep down that we have to start on this project eventually, but taking that first step is so draining.
The problem is that procrastination consumes time even faster and in less meaningful ways than working productively. Rather than letting procrastination take over your workflow, try setting aside chunks of time to get work done then allow your self breaks to take walk or check Facebook as a reward.
This way you are in control instead of letting procrastination take the wheel.
2) You get out what you put in
If you want to see results, you have to put in the time. You need to focus on achieving measurable goals by setting up a clear path to get from point A to point B.
Don’t just say what you’re trying to do, say exactly how you’re going to do it. Better yet, write it down and be specific!
Seeing your goals in writing will help you take action.
Leave sticky notes around the house to remind yourself. Set alarms on your phone. Do WHATEVER it takes so you keep the momentum going.
3) Pace yourself
Comparing yourself to others who have had more success in your field isn’t healthy. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t push yourself to be better every day. You should always push yourself to learn more so you can be better at what you do.
The problem we often run into is that we push ourselves to do too many things at once. Our mind gets frazzled and we run out of steam faster than if we were to focus on one thing at a time.
A year is a long time, so instead of creating goals you aim to complete by January of 2015, try segmenting your year into smaller, more digestible time frames and creating bite-sized goals to match.
Start by looking at each month as a “mini year.” Plan out your goals for the next 30 days and describe exactly what you aim to have accomplished and how it’s going to get done.
Give yourself less to focus on and get more done.
4) Take care of your body
Your body is what fuels your creative urges and keeps you feeling like your best self. Stay healthy. Eat clean, healthy foods that give you energy instead of draining foods that make you tired.
Get enough sleep. Be consistent with the time of day you go to bed and wake up. Arianna Huffington has an entire TED talk about getting more sleep if you want to be successful.
“Sleep your way to the top, literally.”
And finally, don’t forget to exercise. Not just a few times a week but as an ongoing activity throughout the day. Stand up and get away from your desk every hour.
Do a few jumping jacks. Take a walk. Sitting for hours on end is bad for your health and bad for your productivity.
So don’t expect everything you do to turn out exactly as planned. Failure is a part of success and if you’re not failing enough in your business you’re probably not trying enough new things.
Make 2014 a year for experimentation. A year for change. And a year to develop the habits and systems you need to become a successful entrepreneur.
Comment below with the biggest challenge(s) you want to tackle in 2014. I look forward to helping you conquer them.