December 29, 2011, 6:00 am

Did 2011 Suck? Let’s Kill it in 2012

by: MD    Category: Other Financial Articles
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I’m not a fan of resolutions or any of that crap. I think I hate resolutions because my gym gets rammed every January and there’s a plethora of scrawny guys in Affliction shirts leaving their 5lb weights on the bench press. Perhaps it’s because I’m totally annoyed by friends that throw out insane goals, never reach them, and then complain about their failure. How are you supposed to look like a bodybuilder if you never did a pushup in the last 6 months? How are you supposed to reach your goals if you’re too busy complaining?

Alright, before I get too carried away, back to the original topic…

Did 2011 suck for you? If it did then we need to work on getting everything under control in 2012.

What can you do to kill it in 2012 and have a much better year?

Produce something.

You’re not going to get anywhere if you don’t start working on anything. You need to produce something if you want to see real results. You need to actually sit down, focus and start getting real work done. You can consume all of the theory in the world, but it doesn’t mean anything until you finally start to apply it. I used to read about blogging, eBooks, and all of that stuff. I didn’t truly learn anything until I actually launched my own blog and then launched my own eBook a few years later. Doing is the best form of learning in my opinion.

There are no secrets or shortcuts here. Just remember that you’re not going to drown in sweat. If you have no motivation to get any work done, then you’re just in the wrong field. Time to cut your losses and move on to something else. If you have zero energy, then consider improving your diet or exercising more often.

Get more organized.

If you fail to plan then you plan to fail. It really is that simple. You need to get your act together. If you’re not organized then you won’t know if you’re coming or going.

How can you get more organized?

  1. Clear your workspace.
  2. Make your workspace more inspiring.
  3. Use stick-it notes to track everything.
  4. Throw out everything you don’t need.
  5. Close random windows.

I’m slowly working on this one. I gut my room out at least once a month. I want to have the most organized workspace possible. I try to keep all of my notes beside me. I also try to keep track of what I want to do, what I plan on doing, and what needs to be done. This why I’m not just idly sitting away on the compute.

Watch out for information overload.

I get caught up with this all of the time. I start reading and reading. I read so much and know so much, yet I do very little. It’s lame. You get nothing done when you’re consuming information and doing nothing about it. It’s cool to know a lot. It’s useless when you don’t do anything with this information. Stop consuming at a certain point. I recommend a steady ratio between consuming and producing.

Reward yourself.

If you meed the deadline of your new eBook or if you lose those 10lbs by January then you should reward yourself. When you have something to look forward you’re going to want to work harder naturally.

How can you reward yourself more often?

  • Plan a huge trip if you meet a huge goal.
  • Go out for a fancy dinner if you hit a small goal.

I could go on but only you know how to reward yourself for a job well done.

Punish yourself.

Negative reinforcement is the kick in the ass that we all need once in a while. I do this to myself all of the time. As I’m typing this it’s a Saturday night and I’m clearly not out. I didn’t hit a few goals and I thought it would make no sense for me to go out. Instead I stayed in to work on my goals and get some work done at the same time. I could’ve easily gone out, used the “it’s Saturday” excuse, and delayed my work again. Screw that. You need to punish yourself.

Those are my observations from the past and tips for moving forward.

How did 2011 turn out for you? What do you have planned for 2012?

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2011 was difficult for me because I lost my teaching position, but I have a new assignment. My earnings increased in 2011, so it did not completely suck. I will not be able to repeat that though. I am looking to my outside earnings to increase i 2012. 2011 was a learning opportunity for me and 2012 should be a good year.

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I need to work on punishing myself, sounds bad. I had a pretty good 2011 finance wise, but I need to work on some personal things. I let things around the house lie around way too long and I need to work on responding faster to emails etc with work, hoping to do even better in 2012 all the way around!

I don’t think 2011 sucked. It was a great year of growth and awareness, and I am really looking forward to 2012!

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