Have you ever set a goal or resolution only to stumble along the way? You’re not alone. It’s estimated that 80% of resolutions are sidelined by the second week of February each year.
While it might sound odd, it makes a lot of sense. There isn’t the ability to wait for the start of another year if you fail. If you don’t accomplish a goal, the next one will be upon you before you know it. This time, you’ll be armed with the lessons you learned from the previous goals. These lessons increase your odds of success with each 90 day period.
With this in mind, here are 5 reasons why 90-day goals should be your next challenge.
Deadlines are closer
Unlike a yearly goal, a 90-day goal brings a sense of urgency to your life. The idea that you can keep procrastinating is no longer an option. Simply saying 90 days doesn’t sound like very long. Having a deadline in sight at all times keeps you focused and driven.
Getting more done in a year
Starting the year with a whole list of goals is daunting. Start this project. Try this diet. Make this much money. Read these books. Before you’ve even begun, you’re filled with dread from the number of things that have to get done.
By taking the time to separate your goals, you can focus on them one at a time.
How much lighter do you feel just thinking that way?
It also makes achieving a big goal more manageable. Take the time to break your goal into parts 4 parts. These become your 90-day goals. One huge task is now four easier to visualise parts of the pie. These parts are still challenging but more manageable, so you’re more likely to want to complete them.
You are able to plan more efficiently
The beauty of 90-day goals is that you must have a plan. Daily and weekly goals you must achieve. If you’re not sure where to start, The Paper Project Journal gives you space to come up with the goals, set daily and weekly goals keeping you accountable. It’s also easier to track your progress when you know what you’re meant to be doing each day.
Review and revise quicker
Because you’re only taking on a small number of goals, your better able to journal and review what is going right and wrong. Taking the time to review your day, figuring out what’s working and what isn’t means you can adapt your plan. These review session will make achieving goals more fun.
If you don’t like something, change it.
Enough time to form a new habit
It takes an average of 66 days to build a new habit2. Habits are beautiful things. They take the thinking out of doing certain tasks. Practising a behaviour for 90 days will help to make it automatic. This frees up your brain to think about other aspects of life.
Things like reading 10 pages of a book, going for a walk, or drinking more water all become second nature.
90-day goals are a special kind of challenge. You’ll learn a lot about yourself, growing with each step towards success. If you’re ready to take an adventure into reaching and realising your dreams, 90-day goals will give you the map. All you’ve got to do is follow the path.
If you want a system that will help you come up with the goals, plan your 90 days and guide you to achieve them, we designed the Paper Project Journal with this in mind. Check it out in the store now.
- Luciani, J. (2015). Why 80 Percent of New Year's Resolutions Fail. US News. https://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/articles/2015-12-29/why-80-percent-of-new-years-resolutions-fail.
- Lally P, et al. (2009). How are habits formed: Modelling habit formation in the real world. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol. 40, 998–1009, DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.674