There has been much written about the importance of developing habits that you tend to daily but I think that oftentimes puts unnecessary pressure on people. Jerry Seinfeld is known for his calendar where he placed a big “X” if he wrote a joke that day, but did it really need to be so rigid?

Especially in these unusual times, providing yourself with some grace and flexibility may do more to help you actually achieve your goals. For example:

  • Set your goal to reach out to 10 customers/week instead of holding yourself accountable to two per day.
  • Instead of saying you’ll read every night, make it your goal to read two books/month.
  • Rather than committing write a daily dot, I pledge to publish one, allowing me the flexibility to write in advance.
  • Pledge to walk 70,000 steps each week instead of feeling bad if you don’t get in your 10,000 each day.

By building in some flexibility into your goal-setting, you’ll have the opportunity to achieve your end result without the guilt of straying from your linear schedule. In the end, it’s the accomplishment, not the tracking that matters. Take realism into account and give yourself the latitude to stay focused on the big picture, even when life intervenes.


About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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