The first week of the new years and already people are fumbling over their new years resolutions.
Whether you are someone who doesn’t set them or sets them all the time, I have a method that I believe can save you time, but also to keep you on track of your resolution.
It was something I mentioned briefly in my video last week: setting expectations.
Like I said before: these aren’t quite goals, nor are they new years resolution type goals. They’re a bit of a mix and in the end can help you to concentrate on things and thus save you time.
Today I’ll be talking about the habit of setting expectations can help you tremendously.
It Gives You A Focus
Talking about goals at a time like this is a little odd. For one many people associate goals with new years resolutions. We’ve seen it time and again where people make resolutions only to fail them.
New Years resolutions have a bad rep in that manner.
Although there is a huge difference between setting goals around new years and new years resolutions, I feel that expectations are also different as well.
Not to mention if you actually take them seriously, they can help.
One of those benefits of saving you time is that it gives you focus.
For myself, I always struggle with figuring out what my next step is. It’s something that I’ve been working on over the past year, but even when I finish everything I’m left with thinking about what’s next?
Setting an expectation for myself over the week can help to mitigate that as I can create my next step more or less.
By simply writing on a piece of paper what I want to get out of each week, I have a sort of marker to work towards each and every week.
It Prompts You To Think
Anything that really prompts your brain to think is a benefit in it’s way. As Robert Kiyosaki has said:
“The more I train my brain, the more money I make.”
Mind you reading investment books or reading in general is more effective, even the small stuff can build up. By setting an expectation each week for yourself you do have to think a little bit.
You need to think about what exactly you want to achieve in your life that you find meaningful.
This can sound simple, but if you have any experience with setting goals or resolutions you have a bit of a taste of how difficult it can be to think of something that you can discipline yourself to do.
It’s honestly the discipline part that really makes your brain work.
But setting an expectation each week can serve as a reminder, especially if you write it out and place it somewhere where you see it.
It Trains You To Set Proper Goals
The decision to set goals for myself has changed my life dramatically. Part of the big reason was because by setting goals, I learned how to set proper goals.
It’s part of that reason I’m hesitant towards talking about goals around new years.
Many people set goals at the discretion of life coaches or people who believe in goals.
But there’s one part they fail to mention.
It’s a process where you may be bumbling around for a long time.
The big thing being setting goals that you think are meaningful but they actually aren’t.
One way you can work around that process quickly is through expectations. Yes, much like goals, you may be fumbling around, but I feel setting expectations are different.
Firstly you don’t have that feeling of failure, regret or frustration initially.
Setting an expectation feels more like it’s making a commitment or a pledge. You can back away from it.
Yeah you might feel bad, but some people can rationalize it in a positive light.
You may not be able to afford supporting an artist or a non-profit organization right now. But when you gather enough funds, you’ll start donating again.
But at the same time it can be a goal as you can feel a sense of fulfilment when you do accomplish it.
Think of accomplishments as the training wheels to a bicycle. But unlike training wheels, expectations can help you even more beyond the initial start-up.
Expectations Can Compliment Your Work
Depending on what you do in your life, your expectations can compliment your life in many ways. It creates a focus for you, but depending on what it is, it can develop a few more traits you might not have expected.
In a lot of cases people’s expectations are to finish particular things in a short period of time. As such you’ll spend a lot of time analyzing and figuring out the best way you can accomplish it.
Peter Voggd used the analogy in his book 6 Months to 6 Figures of an assignment.
If you were given one week or a month, you’d procrastinate that time and rush production on the last minute.
But if you were given an hour or even a few days, you’d focus on the main details. You’d quickly identify them and work on those.
It’s in that particular nature where it can compliment your work. You have a limited time each day and each week so you’ll focus on the important stuff. You won’t fill up your work with fluff.
Only what you think is necessary.
Through setting expectations you can save time in the end. If you are new to goal setting
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