New Year, New Book.

9 01 2011

Our Internet has returned!
After being MIA for over a week, it has officially been revived (Big thanks to Bro Ostler our landlord!)

With the return of the Internet comes several other joys in my life:
(not necessarily in that order)

I love this time of year.

I lay out all of my goals and start my new “book” for the year.

Since 2007 I have kept a journal/goal book. (I owe the idea to my buddy Jeremy Hannan)
Each year I start a new one.

Here’s how it works:

1. I take some “me” time and decide what is important in my life and what I want to accomplish over the course of the year.

2. I then break those goals down into “weekly” and “daily” tasks.

3. Each Sunday I draw up a little chart with the goals for the week and the things I need to accomplish each day.

4. After the week has been finished I review what happened and do a short journal entry about anything that really stood out to me during the week.

Here is what the first week of 2011 (03 January-09 January) looked like:

Now, I also include in these little books other things crop up through the year such as:
lessons I have to teach.
general conference notes.
thoughts and personal revelations.

One of the best things about these books is that I can go back to three years ago and know exactly what happened during any given week. I can see how my moods changed from good to bad etc. and look for the relationship between my moods and how well I was accomplishing goals such as reading the scriptures daily. It’s crazy, but I could go back and tell you if I said my prayers on January 9, 2008. I do my lessons in the book because it is interesting to go back and see what a lesson on the Atonement was like during July of 2008 as opposed to a lesson I taught about the Atonement in March of 2010. They are different because I was different.

I read something this morning in Preach My Gospel that has prompted me to try something new this year.

“When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported, the rate of improvement accelerates.”
(Thomas S. Monson)

I’ve done a pretty good job of measuring my performance since 2007.

But what does that mean for 2011?
It means I’m going to start reporting.

To who?
To you.

I don’t care if anyone reads this.
It will be out in the open and I will be accountable for the goals I set for each day/week/month/year.

Every Sunday, my post will focus on goal setting and ways to make sure you (and I) don’t let our New Years resolutions fade with time.

“For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward.”
(D&C 58:26)

? What is one of your New years Resolutions this year?


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