Well, how did your daydreaming go? If you haven’t read the first post of this series, go back and read The Resolution Revolution – Part 1 and take time to complete your daydreaming assignment. I’m a real slave driver, I know. Just trust that I wouldn’t tell you to do it if it weren’t important.
At this point you should have a couple SPECIFIC and MEASURABLE goals for your life. That is a fantastic first step! Congratulations! However, there is a serious problem with your goals.
Now, I could just tell you what the problem is, but why waste this teachable moment? Instead, I want to introduce you to what is known as Parkinson’s Law. It goes something like this: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” Basically, it says that a task will take as long as you give it to get done. This is probably most impressively demonstrated by high school and college students. Remember that 30-page paper you were told about the first day of class? The one that was in the syllabus from day one? The one that you had four months to complete? How long did it take you to finish? You might have worked on it gradually, taking the full four months to finish. Or maybe you didn’t start until a week before it was due, and, somehow, that same 30 pages took you only seven days. Or maybe you waited until the day before and ripped out the 30 pages in a single night like Santa circling the globe. Whichever way you did it, you turned in a paper by the due date, right? This, my friends, is the miracle of DEADLINES.
Now do you see the problem with your goals? They have no DEADLINE! Without a DEADLINE, your goal is only a wish that you hope will happen some day. The truth is, your dreams will never come true if you never take steps toward them, and you will never take the steps if there is no DEADLINE forcing you to!
Can you guess what your task is for this week? I’ll give you a hint: MAKE A DEADLINE! You need to decide when each SPECIFIC and MEASURABLE goal will be achieved. Be hard on yourself. The time you give yourself to do something is how long it will take, and a sense of urgency is needed to get your rear in gear! Remember that 30-page paper?