WHY JUST ONE MONTH?
You can reprogram your thoughts, habits, and behaviors in 30 days.
But, to tell you the truth, I never plan anything around a single month.
THREE MONTH PERIODS
I don’t even look at my business on a monthly basis — I only analyze quarters.
I don’t schedule creative projects on a monthly basis — I plan those as quarters too.
My blog also has an editorial schedule built around quarters.
THE THING ABOUT QUARTERS
Within a quarter, there’s usually a sucky month — looked at by itself, it would just make me miserable for a month.
And there’s always the one month out of the three that picks up slack for the others. Analyzed together, it all evens out.
A single month can speed by, and the following month can creep up on you. It’s more practical to prepare for them in advance, in blocks of three.
GOAL SETTING ON QUARTERS
With goal setting, it’s easy for most of us to go hard for that first month.
But what if you lose momentum in the second month?
A lot of people call themselves a “failure” at that point and give up.
Why? You’re 6 weeks in, holding down 5/6 — that’s actually pretty damned good.
If you have a third month, you have a chance to lose momentum, suck for a bit, beat yourself up for a minute, rally, and still finish strong!
So, I’m wondering:
What happens if you apply business-style quarterly planning and assessment to other areas of your life you want to improve?
The real simple version:
- Perform 3 actions each week that move you closer to your goal.
- Do this for 3 months.
- Assess only as a 3-month block of time.
That’s really it!
Want to test my theory?
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