Well, here it is, a new year and time to make new resolutions. No matter what you are hoping to achieve, making the most of your time will help you turn resolutions into habits. Inc. author Jeff Haden has compiled a list of 10 strategies that will help you develop routines to excel in 2017:

  1. Get positive by starting the day with a mantra you say out loud.
  2. Start your day by being proactive (working towards your goals) vs. reactive (checking email)
  3. Visualize your success by imagining in your mind how you want your day to unfold.
  4. Commit to reading one chapter of a book each day.
  5. Find a mentor to hold you accountable.
  6. Spend time writing every day.
  7. Make a small daily to-do list of the day’s priorities (use a Post-It Note to keep the focus on just the most important things)
  8. Take regular breaks (Haden lists out a system for you to follow)
  9. Break your day into chunks with blocks of time designated for certain activities
  10. Theme your workdays/week by focusing on different tasks on different days

All of these techniques may not work for you, but undoubtedly one will. Haden’s article gives additional information and rationale for each of them, along with several bonus worksheets and habits. Start 2017 off on a positive note and adopt one new strategy to make this your best year yet.

Source: Want to be super successful? Science says do any 1 of these 10 things by Jeff Haden, Inc.com, published December 13, 2016.


Thanks Tim for sharing!

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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