Happy New Year from Vulcan Termite and Pest Control, Inc.! Have you considered your 2014 plans for your family and business? Don’t let these common problems bug you so bad you don’t reach your resolutions.
4 Problems That Will Bug You When Planning and Making Resolutions
Not Getting It Down on Paper
Want to improve the odds of reaching your home improvement resolutions by nearly 20%? Then write them down! A study by Dominican University of California found that those who wrote their goals down were 18% more likely to reach them than those that skipped this step. What do you have to lose – writing the goal down might just be the easiest part of reaching your resolution.
Not Making Measurable Goals
Have you ever thought, ‘I’m going to fix up my house’? Sure, we all say that. But that’s way too vague if you’re making a resolution. There’s no way to measure success or when you’ve actually obtained your goal. Be more specific and focus on something that’s measurable, like ‘I’m going to create a garden and tend to it once a week’.
Going for Way Too Many Things at Once
Less is more when it comes to resolutions and bugs. When you make a ton of resolutions your attention is going to be divided, which will lower your chances of meeting any of them. If you only make one or two then you’ll be able to give each one the time and focus that’s needed to make it a reality. If you have home improvement resolutions just focus on one, get it done, then move on to the next.
Failing to Plot Out Your Path to Success
Making a resolution is one thing, but actually reaching it is another. Not planning out how you’ll reach your goals is possibly the most common mistake people make. For each goal come up with a plan for how you’ll reach it, prioritize the steps you need to take and put deadlines to all the to-dos. These to-dos and related tasks are your sub-goals that will determine your success along the way.
4 Problems That Will Bug You When Trying to Reach Your Goals
In the bug business we understand life happens. You can’t always expect the unexpected, plan out everything perfectly and control all situations. But too often people let distractions get them off their goal track. Some are ones we create ourselves, some can be avoided and others that can’t could still be handled in a way that doesn’t derail our resolutions.
One big thing is learn to say no so you don’t stretch yourself too thin or give your goal time away to the distractions. The more you can focus on your resolutions for more likely you are to achieve them.
Not Tracking Progress
Keeping up with how things are progressing has so many benefits that it’s hard to believe how few people track their progress. Without tracking your progress it’s hard to see how far you’ve come and how much further you need to go. Tracking progress also makes it easier to see where adjustments can be made and what hang-ups are holding you back.
Not Holding Yourself Accountable
The same study from Dominican University of California found that people who established an accountability partner and sent them weekly progress reports saw a success rate of 76% compared to 61% of people that just wrote goals down. Having someone that can keep you motivated, help you celebrate wins and be there when you come across obstacles can dramatically improve your chances of reaching your resolutions.
Not Thinking Ahead
If you’re not projecting out and considering what your next move will be to keep the momentum and progress going you’ll end up just reacting. This will lead to a resolution plateau or things ultimately sputtering out before the goal is reached. You may also need to consider making adjustments to your game plan along the way as sub-goals are attained or to overcome obstacles.
Instead of bugging out when you find your resolutions slipping through the cracks, stop and see if any of the common pitfalls above are plaguing you. Chances are one or more of these pesky problems are to blame.
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