Resolution Week: Infrastructure

Continuing on with this week’s series on setting ourselves up for
success with New Year’s Resolutions, today we’re exploring
infrastructure – the tools we need to make our resolutions possible.
Once we have a plan for how to fit daily work on our goals into our
schedule, we need to make it as easy as possible to keep those scheduled
“dates” on track – and that means making sure we have everything
organized to jump in and work on goal-oriented tasks.

For my writing goals, that means having a distraction-free place
for my scheduled writing times. December was a month of decluttering and
preparation, and one of the things I did was to clean out our home
office so it’s usable again. Now, rather than trying to write amidst the
noise and chaos of “family time” with the hubby and dogs, I can
disappear back into the office at my scheduled time, plug my flash drive
into the desktop, and write away. It’s been working great for the past
few weeks, and I do write more and more easily when working back there,
so it’s a win-win for me.

The trick, of course, will be keeping the office clean and
usable…which means keeping up with another resolution to maintain the
housekeeping on the weekends. But I’ve spent the last couple months
getting into that routine, so I’m primed for success with that too.

No matter what your goals are, if you don’t have the infrastructure
you need to actively work toward that goal, you’re less-likely to reach
it. For getting/staying fit, my plan is scheduled around the tools I
have at home and at the gym – my infrastructure for reaching that goal.
My main accounting infrastructure is QuickBooks – already installed and
running on my laptop, so I just need to get into the routine of actually
doing the books (the most difficult task on my list, by far).

And of course, the most important part of my infrastructure is my
calendar/task list program on my tablet. Without that, I’d be hopelessly
lost in a sea of drifting to-dos and dreams.

The nice thing is, there are endless ways of setting up the
environment and tools to suit on a very personal level, so if one thing
doesn’t work, we can always try another. Once you find your perfect
set-up, you’ll be amazed at how easy it makes whatever you’re trying to
do. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different tools and environments
until you find your perfect match for your personality and whatever it
is you’re trying to accomplish.

Tomorrow this little mini-blog series wraps up with a post on
measuring success…and no, I don’t tend to use spreadsheets for that.