Happy New Year!

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.

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3 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. “Nothing is done. Everything in the world remains to be done or done over. The greatest picture is not yet painted, the greatest play isn’t written, the greatest poem is unsung. There isn’t in all the world a perfect railroad, nor a good government, nor a sound law. Physics, mathematics and especially the most advanced and exact of the sciences are being fundamentally revised…Psychology, economics and sociology are awaiting a Darwin, whose work in turn is awaiting an Einstein.”
    Go for it.

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