What Did You Do Last Year That Will Last?

A lot of people have problems with New Year’s resolutions. I always hear from them that time is relative and nothing is different between December 31st and January 1st. Most people have a problem with them because they know that 80% of New Year’s Resolutions fail and they think that everyone is just lying to themselves.

The other group doesn’t like them because they don’t like that people around them are improving while they themselves stay the same. Whatever the reason, I still enjoy them and still keep up with some resolutions as far back as 2015.

Today is the first Monday of the New Year so I’m taking some time to audit my goals for this year and make sure that how I’m spending my days is in line with my goals. Something I heard during a sermon this evening was, “What did you do last year that will last?”. In other words, what did you do that will actually matter in the long run? Take note of those things and then double down on them. Drop the things that get in the way.

I have a note written down in my Evernote titled “The Ideal Day”. This is a list of things where if I did all of those things that day I could look back on that day and say, "That was a day that will last. That was a day where if I died the next day I wouldn’t regret how I spent it.”

It includes what time I wake up, the first thing I do when I wake up, what I do during my commute, how I spend my first hours at work, what I do during the work day, what I do after I get home, what I do before bed, what time I go to bed, and more. 

I’m not sure who’s credited with the quote, but "how your spend your days is how you spend your life". So I’d say it’s pretty important to get your days under control because after all, this is your life we’re talking about and you only get one. 

That’s how you become the 20%. How you spend your day is how you will spend your year and if you want something accomplished by the end of the year, you gotta figure out how you want to structure your day to match that.

So how will you spend today?