It’s September. Back-to-School last week was closely followed by a sudden cold snap this week. In the northern hemisphere, this is the real New Year.
That means the 3/4 of the year that I dedicate to my own pursuits began a week ago and already, the mental list I was making over the summer is fading.
The list went something like this:
Write daily, blog weekly. Run every second day. Stretch. Be more generous with my time. Correspond. Listen more and speak less. Stop thinking and start doing. Finish Things!
The problem, according to my friend the life-coach, was that my list wasn’t SMART (specific, measurable, action oriented, realistic and timely). My list sounded like a mantra for a mouse-wheel. My friend’s most recent newsletter, Summer with Einstein, hit the nail on the head.
Let’s not head into September like last September, or the one before. Take a cue from Einstein. After all, he was able to get a few things done.
It’s great advice. I’m working on a new list… Tonight. At 8pm. It will have numbers and dates on it. It will contain verbs. It won’t include the words “try” or “aim”. I’m not sure how I’ll check off “realistic”, so for now, it’ll be SMAT.