2018 was a particularly good year for me, considering that I accomplished all three of my goals for the year. From being the person who would get excited about a new start on the New Year and then give up on the resolutions by March, it felt good to commit to my goals and actually getting them done. The more I think about how different my approach to 2018 was, compared to the other years — the more I realise how I’d ignored all the obvious tips.

After a long string of incomplete goals I had accumulated year after year, I wanted to set things right in 2018. In January 2018  I read many articles on productivity and getting work done. Initially, I got annoyed as they all stated the most obvious pointers, but later realised I wasn’t following any of them. Everything looked good on paper. So, I decided to test all those theories because I was desperate to break the jinx. I wrote down everything I’ve been wanting to do and picked three from the list. I tested every theory that was applicable to my goals, found what worked for me and then held on to them for dear life.

Here are a few pointers that helped me with my goals for the year:

  1. Start slow
  2. Do it for the long term
  3. Always, always, always have a plan!
  4. If you want to be good at something, do it every day.
  5. Pay attention to details.
  6. Make changes to your environment
  7. Be driven by strong intentions, not purely by motivation

You can read my entire piece on The Hindu Thread.

Happy New Year!