Setting My 2016 Action Plan

Damn that creative avoidance keeps cropping up to delay, or even STOP me – year after year.

BUT NOT this year. I said I’d put down my 3 Main Goals on, or by, the 11 January and that is just what I am going to do!

Need to deal with that worse of demons – Creative Avoidance – first though. Don’t confuse it with Procrastination (whole different beast).

Procrastination simply put — means you aren’t being productive at all – you are doing nothing!

Whereas creative avoidance – involves the illusion that you are actually making progress – when you aren’t. On most occasions, you feel productive without really meeting any goals or time lines –TREACHEROUS state of affairs! You are living under a false impression; you are deluding yourself – big time!

Beating Creative Avoidance at its own game is the only way to go. But how to do just that? Three little tricks I picked up from a friend, who picked it up from a friend, (who in turn), picked it up from another friend; ARE:

  1. Make Yourself Accountable – in other words set a deadline and let other people know! (Ring a bell? That’s what I’m doing with my resolutions!)
  2. Break things down into Small Chunks – in other words (again) don’t overwhelm yourself – particularly at the beginning.
  3. Take breaks – cut up your time and FOCUS when you are working but learn when, and how, to take appropriate breaks – in other words everyone needs ‘productive’ time out!

Creative Avoidance is a subject I could go on and on about as it can be such a dangerous influence, on and in, our lives, so very destructive and undermining. Some of us spend years doing it and not dealing with things that can make all the difference in our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

In my own case it is myself and my beloved Alphie – and I am determined to disallow any future ‘creative avoidance’ negative influences.

But to get to my 3 Main Goals, breaking them down and my Action Plan to get things really going.

An old old saying, but a truer statement never has been made. And that is “Goals that are not written down are just wishes” AND are very likely to stay just that – wishes (only).

Something else most people have heard of in relation to Goals, and that is that the best method to use to come up with good strong goals, that are meaningful to you and that will keep you going with a buzz and that will score, are SMART Goals!

Heard of them? Possibly sick of hearing that name? Well here we go again then – because it’s a great process, it works and it makes things very clear – even going to get Alphie to try it (small goals of course as he is so young).

So, for those of you who have never heard of it or have forgotten like I had, before I Googled it again:

S = Specific

M = Measurable

A = Achievable

R  = Realistic

T = Time Bound

Practise makes perfect – well most of the time anyway – so start, have a go and see what happens.

Must go but will be back. Remember if you aren’t too sure how to go about instigating SMART goals you can always research the method.

THE MOST IMPORTANT thing with goals I feel – it appears this way to me anyway – is that they MUST EXCITE NOT FRIGHTEN or OVERWHELM you.