We are now firmly established in 2012. How ya doin' on those goals you set last month?
Me? Not so good.
As Seth Godin says in this interview with Michael Hyatt, stress is simply "what happens when you want to do two things at the same time."
(Sidenote: So what's it called when you want to do about 5 things at the same time? But anyway…)
Recently I read 31 Pro Tips for a Successful, Satisfying, and Insanely Profitable 2012 (copyblogger.com). There are a ton of great tips in there.
The tip that is right on
As I'm looking at my schedule and feeling like I've made little headway in the productivity department (why do I feel like I'm barely managing let alone getting ahead?), Jon Morrow's tip, from Boost Blog Traffic, hit me between the eyes:
Instead of just setting goals for this year, also set sacrifices. Here’s the idea: your life is already too full, and if you’re going to add anything, first you have to take something out. So, decide what you will sacrifice. Is it your family? TV time? Perfectionism? Sleep? Job security? For every goal, choose one sacrifice.
My addendum to the tip
Here's the thing. When we're talking about a full schedule, even if we don't set sacrifices on purpose, we set sacrifices by default.
If I heap another thing on my already full plate, guess what? Something is going to fall off. It's not a question. It just is. Sadly, the things that tend to fall off my plate are my kids or my husband or other relationships that are important to me.
I'm not okay with that.
I have not done enough sacrificing (and this coming from someone who wrote a book on the subject). I have not practiced what I've preached.
The moral of the story? Setting sacrifices on purpose is significantly better than setting them by default. (<–tweet this)
What about you? Have you sacrificed anything this year to make room for your goals?