From planning to action: What do you want to do today?

Back in the ’90s when Microsoft first launched Windows 95, they also launched their first global ad campaign with the Where Do You Want To Go Today? slogan to help build awareness of the then-brand new “Start button” feature. The Start button was a breakthrough concept for Windows users back then, to be able to navigate all the games, programs, and settings from one single place, but so was the slogan. Where do you want to go today (and Microsoft can take you there)! It puts you, the user, in the driver’s seat and the slogan empowers you to explore all the possibilities, possible only with Windows 95.

Microsoft - Where do you want to go today?

I have a similar saying in terms of productivity: What do you want to do today? And no, it’s not about making sure you get active and go outside a play. (Michelle Obama is already pretty good with telling you that!)

Like Microsoft’s slogan, this saying not only places you in the driver’s seat to pursue your goals, but it also encourages you to take action today. I’ve mentioned it before when I was highlighting the Everest app on iOS, but the best plan to pursue your goal is to work backwards and break it down into smaller, concrete steps. Concrete steps you can take today.

I was visiting my parents over the holidays and in between all the family dinners and get-togethers, I found some downtime (since there were no videogames in sight) and began drafting my goals for the new year. One of them is to save up an 6-month emergency fund (since I’ve spent quite a bit in 2012 with my international travels.)

Now, I could’ve waited until 2013 comes before taking action. It was still the holidays and there were plenty of Egg Nog in the fridge still. I could think about all the things I could do when I’m back home, how I could start putting aside some money when I would eventually get my first paycheck in 2013. Or I could find things I could do that very day.

I did some quick research and signed up for a new savings account that pays a higher interest rate. I logged into my credit card website to see how I can reduce my expenses. This all took maybe an hour of work, but I got everything ready for me so by the time the ball dropped in Time Square, I was already six days into my “new year resolution.”

Most of our goals we set for ourselves can’t be accomplished in a day. Like quitting smoking or eating healthier, sometimes they may even require getting rid of an old habit in exchange for a brand new one. But remember this quote from Friedrich Engels: An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. Doing the tiniest thing today means you’re no long stalling, instead it means you’re already on a journey, already in motion toward achieving your goal.

What are your goals for 2013 and what are some of the things you can do this month? What can you this week and even on this very day? Leave me a comment below or hit me up on Twitter @vdot90!

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