Every January instead of a making a New Year’s resolution, I opt to do something a little more useful with my time, a process which can make not just one positive change in my life, but potentially many. I recap all of my accomplishments from the previous year. This includes reviewing each week’s summary on my “to do list” and highlighting my most significant successes that were accomplished and then highlighting the most significant tasks that still were incomplete.
In doing so I noticed that I had put a lot of my priorities on hold because I was starting too many new projects and so I’ve made a commitment now to simply finish what I start. This forces me to prioritize the options in which I choose to invest my time in and has already made a significant positive impact on my productivity. How so?
Here’s the list of some of the personal accomplishments I’ve tackled in the month of January alone. I’ve also included links in case you’d like to learn more about why I’ve made the decisions that I have:
- Started renovating our basement, slated for completion by the end of Q1 2012
- Changed personal investment strategy from mutual funds to indexed funds (why are these better?)
- Increased my deductibles on my house and car insurance saving 25% in annual insurance expenses (find out more)
- Opened up an registered education savings plan for my son (this may not be the best investment for many parents since it’s not tax-deductible, do your research)
- Started the re-assessment and refinancing of one of the multiplexes that I own in order to maintain a positive momentum in my real estate investments (how to make a million in real estate in 5 years)
- Assessed 30 multiplexes for future investment, closed on one multiplex
Furthermore, this week I received my diploma from Doug and Melanie Nelson’s Catch Fire University that I also recently successfully completed and I’m very proud of myself.
Most importantly my new approach of finishing what I’ve started is rewarding me in ways I never knew possible –stress is practically non-existent, I don’t feel overwhelmed even when extremely busy and I remain 100% confident that I’m focused on the highest priorities on my list at all times and by completing what I start, I don’t leave any loose ends behind.
You should try it! Make a commitment to yourself to finish everything that you start. You’ll be utterly surprised how free this commitment will make you feel! If you “sweat the small stuff” now, don’t worry, it’ll soon be a side-effect of your past.
CEO, N-VisionIT Interactive