The New Year has the potential to kickstart a year of productivity. Some people will have more productive years than others. The best way to stay productive is by staying out of the 365 mindset/trap. There are 365 days in an entire year, and it seems as if it will take a very long time before the next year comes along.
This is the trap that people fall into. January is a month of great productivity. Then, February is a less productive month, and all of the other months aren’t very productive either. This is because most people think that 365 days is more than enough time. In 365 days, many people think that they can accomplish all of their goals while going weeks or even months without doing any of the work needed to accomplish those goals.
This results in a year-end urgency because the end of the year is getting closer. In order to stay out of the 365 mindset/trap, challenge yourself to get more accomplished with a certain time limit. I give myself a 12 week limit to accomplish my goals. Less time results in me staying more productive. I have tripled my progress, and by doing that, I have more time to experiment with other marketing tactics, create more products such as Lead The Stampede, and relax.
The relaxation part comes after the work is done. By working intensively for 12 weeks, you will be able to relax for the entire 13th week. Imagine doing no work for an entire week. You will only be able to accomplish your goals and get an entire week off by thinking of 12 weeks as a year.
The 365 day mindset/trap is not an option because it creeps closer slowly and steadily. The people who have the 365 day mindset/trap end up being the hare. The tortoise (those 365 days) end up passing by without getting noticed. When the change gets noticed, it may be too late.
Instead of thinking of a 365 day year, think of a 12 week, or 84 day year.