As we reach the end of July – more than halfway through 2014, I have been struck by how quickly this year has passed. Weren’t we just setting New Year’s resolutions?
If the newsletters and blogs I read are any indication, I am not alone in taking a mid-year assessment of my progress (or lack thereof) on goals. Just between you and me, my progress on the priorities I established and the goals I set for this year, is, in a word, dismal…
While I was sincere when I mentioned my newfound commitment to being lazy, there are some things that need to get done - and they are. But there are other things I was excited to pursue when I set my goals for the year that, sadly, keep getting pushed off the to-do list.
When I took a closer look, the only distinguishing difference between the successes and failures on my list has been the presence or absence of a deadline. The “must do” things were framed by external deadlines or the expectations of others, while the “want to do” things were completely up to my discretion.
Recognizing this pattern was revelatory. What if I gave the same respect to my own personal priorities that I afford the requests of clients, family, and friends? What if I set deadlines and honored my desire to accomplish the big and little things I dreamed for this year?
So I am pulling out my calendar, identifying work time, and setting (realistic) deadlines for completion.
Can you honor your own needs and desires? What deadlines can you set today?