Happy new year! We're celebrating another trip around the sun here at Foundr HQ, and as the champagne dries up and we start sweeping up the confetti, we're also starting to think about all the new and exciting challenges this coming year will bring. . We've already recapped all the cool stuff we did last year and what's in store for 2019. But the start of a new year always makes us think: how can we help you make the most of the next 365 days, so you can achieve your goals and make this your best year yet? People often set very ambitious goals at the end of the year, but they rarely achieve them. According to a study from the University of Scranton, 92% of people never achieve their goals . That's… a lot of people . The majority of New Year's resolutions also fall flat. But it doesn't have to be like that. To help you get the most out of 2019, we're going to look at five productivity tips you can start using now to kick-start your New Year's motivation and achieve your goals. Put that buzzer down and check it out! Click here to get instant access to our free ebook.
The employee email database Ultimate Guide to Doubling Your Productivity in 30 Days". Need a productivity boost? Download our free ebook, "The Ultimate Guide to Doubling Your Productivity in 30 Days." Set your goals for success The new year will bring a lot of energy and expectations for the future. It's a natural time for a fresh start. You'll probably want to do everything you couldn't do last year and add some new goals so you can really shake things up. Want to lose those 15 pounds you've been dragging around from college? To verify. Read those 20 books you've had on your shelf for two years? Safe. Learning to speak Spanish fluently so you can take that trip to Central America with your best friends from high school? Sure. But all those well-meaning goals never seem to go anywhere, do they?
It's not that you lack the intelligence or the will to achieve them; it's probably more likely that you're too obsessed with the goal itself instead of the activities you need to undertake to get there. Instead of just setting stretch goals like the ones shown above, you should use both leading and lagging metrics . Developed by Sean Covey, Jim Huling, and Chris McChesney, authors of The 4 Disciplines of Execution , lag metrics track the success of your most important goals after the performance that was supposed to drive them has passed. For a business, these metrics are things like revenue, profit, and customer satisfaction. For your personal life, it's the pounds lost, the books read, the minutes you speak fluent Spanish with a native speaker. When setting up your lag metrics, you need to make sure they are specific and quantifiable, so you can properly judge your outcome.