Whether you’re working on self-improvement, breaking habits or aiming for a career milestone, self-motivated projects have a tendency to go downhill after the initial enthusiasm has passed. Less than half of New Year’s resolutions make it past the six-month line; indeed, a full quarter of them fail within the first week. If you’re serious about achieving your aims, it makes sense to be realistic from the start — chances are you’ll need a strategy to keep you on-track when your energy levels dwindle.
The weather, small set-backs or feelings of isolation can all knock the wind out of our sails, but people and technology can help balance the game. We often keep endeavors such as creative projects or self-improvement aims to ourselves, perhaps out of shyness or fear of failure. In fact, sharing your aims with a supportive friend or mentor is a great way to raise both support and accountability. You’re less likely to quit if you know someone’s watching out for you.
In other circumstances, however, you may find the solution in the palm of your hand. A range of apps for your phone now exist that can help you formalize your strategy and keep yourself accountable. HabitForge, for example, is tool that will send you daily encouragement and connect you with a support community. GoalsOnTrack offers a range of professional techniques to help you achieve anything from starting a business to planning a world trip.
Combining a well-defined strategy with targets and rewards is the best plan if you want your good intentions to survive beyond the first inevitable setbacks. And don’t forget to cut yourself some slack — there’s only so much that each of us can achieve, and failure and mistakes are all part of the learning process. For more details on how to make the most of this rewarding journey, check out the techniques in our new infographic. You needn’t be alone when it comes to keeping your good intentions on track.
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