Five Ways to Stay Productive and Achieve Your New Year's Resolutions

Author: Holly Matheson
Published: January 02, 2013 at 10:01 am

It's that time of year when we're all busy saying goodbye to the previous year and choosing the milestones and goals we want to reach in the new year. The problem with New Year's resolutions is that they often begin as excitement and desire to make changes, but within a few weeks or months many find themselves overwhelmed beneath the weight of the work it takes to achieve those goals. As a result, productivity and motivation dwindle away to nothing and goals seldom get reached. To avoid such a scenario, take steps now to initiate positive habits that will fuel your productivity and help you stay motivated to achieve your goals in 2013.

#1. Getting Started is Half the Battle
More often than not, simply getting started can be just the motivation that we need to propel forward and achieve the goals we have set for ourselves. As George Ciotti of discusses in a recent video that uncovers the science behind productivity, it is a natural tendency of the human mind to survey a task and see only the most difficult parts to come. In contrast, once a task has been started the mind then begins to experience discomforting feelings and thoughts until the task has been completed. Simply getting started can be enough to change the way you think.

#2. You Can't Score if You Can't See the Goal
As I've discussed before, vision boards can be highly effective in encouraging the achievement of goals. Whether it's an online pinboard or a bulletin board in your home, dedicating a special space to your goal can help you maintain positive thoughts and weed out negativity. Newspaper clippings, photos, inspiring quotes, articles or anything that reminds you why you want to achieve your goals makes an excellent addition to a vision board.

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