Now that the newness of the “New Year” has worn off, you may be asking yourself “where did the month go?”. We all have great intentions at the beginning of a new year which may include changing our not so good habits, adding goals, or getting things done that we failed to complete last year.
What I found is that unless you set solid, well thought out plans and goals for the year, you most likely will lose your motivation and you will not achieve what you set out to do.
Think about it. Would you start building a house without a blueprint? If you tried to, it would be a complete disaster. You would wander aimlessly jumping from one project to the next, not knowing what to do first or what steps you need to take to get the job done. This would cause unnecessary set backs and costly errors because of your lack of planning and focus. Basically you would be all over the place. That is what the new year would look like if you didn’t have a plan in place. If this sounds like you have no fear.
Here are 5 simple steps you can take to get your butt in gear and make this the best year ever.
1. Look at the previous year, or years for some of us, and what your goals were. Are you still on the same path but not going anywhere? Do you have goals that are no longer serving you? Could you tweak any of your goals to fit your current goals?
2. List out the top 5 goals you want to accomplish this year. Anymore than that can be overwhelming and you may tend to jump around and try to do all of them. Remember the blueprint? Focusing on 5 goals will help you to plan how you will crush them. I find that signing and dating this list makes you more accountable and more likely to achieve more than if you didn’t sign and date it.
3. Display this list in an area where you will see it every day. It can be in the form of a vision board, a background image on your lap top or in a frame on your desk. If you have a planner, list your goals on a separate page in the front of your planner.
4. Plan your week on Sunday night. What do you need to work on in order to achieve your goals? Block out the time needed each day in order for you to keep moving forward. If you aren’t time blocking, then you should start. I have found that time blocking is the most effective way in getting your goals met.
5. If you can’t trim your goals down to 5, you may need to take a good look at your list and decide if any of the items are something you would like to do but it’s not your main focus. This can be your “fun-do” list. Having this list allows you to not take life so seriously and to remind yourself to enjoy the path you are on. Self-care is so important in our crazy busy lives and allowing these fun things in your life is an efficient way to add self-care along the way.
Here is one last added bonus tip on goal setting. There are studies that show if you tell people about your ambitions you may be less likely to achieve them. This is huge because I was one of them and I could never understand why I never followed through on some really great ideas and goals. As the saying goes, set your goals, keep quiet about them, smash the hell out of them, clap for your damn self.
If you would like to share your goals for the year, I would love to hear them! Please leave a comment below.