Happy New Year! Each year millions of people set new year’s resolutions or goals, and usually by the second week, they have already failed at several of them. Developing the discipline of setting and achieving goals is difficult, but not unattainable.
Each year I set between seven and ten goals. Over the past several years, I have developed three habits that no longer make it to my goal list.
Today’s research indicates that it takes an average 66 days to develop a new habit. What happened to the 21 days or 30 days to a better me. Well, some goals need more time to take root in our lives.
It is possible to develop healthy habits, but it starts with adding them to your yearly goal list.
Here are three habits that no longer appear on my goal list.
Habit #1 – Read Thru the Bible In One Year
Growing up, I would read the parts of the bible while pursuing a certain study topic. However, I neglected the habit of reading through the whole Bible.
These days our jobs require us to get more done in less time and with less resources.
The question is…
Are we actually getting more done?
Recently, I stepped into a new role at work. I went from leading projects to leading people. It is very rewarding, but also very time consuming. I am having to re-tool the entire structure of my work day and work day.
As a Facilities Manager and workplace strategist, the number one takeaway came from Cal Newport. Cal is the author of Deep Work and he shared that we need to identify a ratio of time worked in deep work (deep focus) with shallow work (checking email, etc).
This was a game-changer for me. This could revolutionize the way we design and build the office of the future. If we can intentionally design spaces for deep work, our employees will be able to get more done, with more accuracy, and live a normal life. This represents a huge competitive advantage in the marketplace, not to mention a huge attraction/retention advantage in the war for talent.
I spent the past week in Rosarito, Mexico building a house, supporting two Vacation Bible School's and sharing the stories through photographs. This week's image comes from this past week as children and parents worked side-by-side to create a driveway from gravel.