New Year’s Resolutions and Parkinson’s Law

Today’s is the last day in 2020 – what a year it has been. Most take the day to set Resolutions for 2021…

I’m going to go ahead and tell you right now: Don’t make a New Year’s resolution.

Seriously, why do it? 

You know you’re not going to follow through with it, so why set yourself up for failure? And do you know why you and millions of other people will not achieve your 2021 New Year’s resolutions? 

Because of Parkinson’s Law.

If you’re not familiar with Parkinson’s Law, it’s the old adage that work expands to fill the time allotted. Put simply, the amount of work required adjusts to the time available for its completion.

Think of it like this: When you were in school and the teacher assigned a paper or project on Monday that was due on Friday, you probably didn’t do it that night. You waited until Thursday night to start and finish the paper. That’s Parkinson’s Law.

Raise your hand if you’ve been there!

It’s the same with New Year’s resolutions. If you set a goal in January and give yourself 12 months to reach it, it’s probably not going to happen.

You might be gung-ho the first week or two, but then you’ll get sidetracked, tell yourself you have 11 more months to achieve it and forget all about it. 

So does that mean you should never set big goals? Of course not.

But let’s set small, manageable goals instead of one big goal. A coach can help you break down the steps into manageable chunks.

Say you want to lose 20 lb. this year. Make your first goal to eat one serving of vegetables at each meal for two weeks.

After you have conquered that goal, make 45 minutes of exercise four times a week your goal. Then go on to the next small goal and the next one and so forth.

Eventually, you’ll have achieved all of these small goals, and they will have helped you reach your really big goal for the year. You’ll be able to look back and see the progress you’ve made. You won’t have a moment of “I should have started back then”.

So in 2021, avoid New Year’s resolutions and Parkinson’s Law.

Go for the short, small goals and see how much you’ll succeed. 

And if you still need help and are a current member, you can schedule a goal setting appointment with a Torque Health & Fitness Staff member. If you are not currently a part of the best community out there, schedule your FREE No-Sweat Intro to meet us and discuss your goals!

Inspiration provided by Brandon Brigman at www.noexcusescrossfit.com.

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