Next-to-Nothing Goals

Next-to-Nothing Goals

I saw a Ted Talk by Christine Carter recently discussing the concept of "next-to-nothing" goals. The idea is to learn a new habit by setting ridiculously small goals that will move you to the larger goal. It could be something as simple as walking for just one minute as a goal toward becoming a runner later on.

In my book Put Your Data to Work: 52 Tips and Techniques for Effectively Managing Your Database published by ASAE, one of the tips is "Spot Check Your Data." In that tip I suggest taking a minute or two during the day to "scroll through your contact list" to see if you can identify any errors in the data (e.g., duplicates, typos, etc.). This is a great example of a "next-to-nothing" activity that can have a real impact long-term.

I write frequently about weeding the garden in data management. Spot checking your data is another way to keep the weeds away. Make it one of your "next-to-nothing" goals.

Wes's Wednesday Wisdom Archives

Have the courage of your convictions

May 12, 2021

Have the courage of your convictions Having the courage of your convictions means you’re willing …

Have the courage of your convictions Read More »

Even your online directory is out of date!

May 5, 2021

Even your online directory is out of date! Back in the day of printed directories, …

Even your online directory is out of date! Read More »

Start small

April 28, 2021

Start small When I work with my clients on projects that involve measuring member engagement, …

Start small Read More »

Some context, please

April 21, 2021

Some context, please A pet peeve of mine: A report about associations (e.g., marketing benchmarks report) where …

Some context, please Read More »

Eventually automated emails get ignored

April 14, 2021

Eventually automated emails get ignored During the discovery and development phase of implementing a new …

Eventually automated emails get ignored Read More »

The challenge the AMS providers see

April 7, 2021

The challenge the AMS providers see Over the years I’ve asked AMS providers what they …

The challenge the AMS providers see Read More »

Be careful about “solutioning” too quickly

March 31, 2021

Be careful about “solutioning” too quickly One of the great things about software developers is …

Be careful about “solutioning” too quickly Read More »

What’s our next action?

March 24, 2021

What’s our next action? As you can imagine, I spend a lot of time in …

What’s our next action? Read More »

Don’t automate for the sake of automation

March 17, 2021

Don’t automate for the sake of automation I’m the laziest person in the world. I …

Don’t automate for the sake of automation Read More »

Don’t forget about what got better

March 10, 2021

Don’t forget about what got better Negativity bias is the tendency to focus on only …

Don’t forget about what got better Read More »

Scroll to Top