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This week I talk about end of year planning and how to get started planning for next year now. Don’t wait until you are knee deep into next year to begin planning for what you want to accomplish that year.
Resolutions and goals come and go for everyone each year, but I have found that when you take time to really reflect on the current year and what you want to do the next and actually write it out you are much more likely to accomplish what you set out to do.
Listen in as I share with you what I am doing and how easy it is to get started.
If you would like some accountability for planning for next year come on over to our Facebook page and leave me one of your goals for next year. Or you can leave a comment below and tell me your one goal for the coming year.
For an excellent resource for Career Mapping check out Sandi Krakowski’s 2014 Career Mapping Audio. It really helped me to create my one page career map and get on track to the best possible year yet.
Yesterday I did a quick audio about how you can start your goals over again. Just because you didn’t meet your goal at the end of January or keep that resolution for long doesn’t mean that you should just give up and throw in the towel. No! Get back up and dust yourself off and get it going again. It’s a new month and you can make a fresh start of it. Listen to the quick audio and tell me what you will be restarting this month in the comments below.
It takes work to organize yourself to make goals and to follow through. Setting goals and looking over them to make sure you are on the right track to achieving them can be a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be out of reach. I’m going to outline some strategies that you can use to become more organized in regards to you setting goals and achieving them.
Setting Goals in 2013
- The first strategy is to set 1 to 3 goals out of different categories that will go well together. For example you can have one goal that is about getting physically fit and then another goal about getting your finances in order. Don’t just create a long list of goals that aren’t defined and don’t flow well together.
- Set up a reward system for successfully completing your goals. Each goal that you have set for yourself can have a reward for hitting certain milestones. If you don’t make a goal don’t beat yourself up about it or punish yourself. Focus on the positive consequence of finishing up a goal.
- The greatest obstacle to goal setting and organization is the lack of dedication. Make sure that you are 100% all in on your goals. Don’t set goals that are too far reaching or that don’t take into consideration your schedule and reality. When you set a goal give it your all to actually complete it in the time that you have specified.
- Make sure that you have a beginning and a end date for your goals. When the start date rolls around you should start on that date no matter what happens. If something comes up on your start date try your best to work around the unexpected delay and make adjustments as necessary but START on your specified start date.
- Continually track your progress and remind yourself of your achievements and milestones as you reach them. Use visual cues such as calendars, notes and anything else that will show you how far you have come in accomplishing your goal.
- Have a support system in place. When you make a goal let everyone know about it so that they can hold you accountable. This can be family, friends, or anyone else that wants to see you succeed. Let them know what scares you and what excites you about your goals. Lean on them for support when you need it. Ask for their feedback of how you are doing with accomplishing your goals. But don’t just be a taker, also give them support and guidance with their goals they have set also. Stay far away from negative people who just want to bring you down and keep you stuck like them.
I hope as you embark on this New Year that you will take the time to sit down and really map out 1 to 3 goals that will make a great impact on your life. Until next time…
Want more information on Goal setting? Check out these books to get you going.
Thinking about the end of the year and what I want to accomplish for the new year, I have decided to write down goals. Now I am not into resolutions because those never last past January. But I am into making goals and planning out my next steps.
Concrete goals are what you need to be successful. So as the year comes to an end I want to take this time to think about what worked this year and what didn’t. I want to think about how I can stretch myself next year to get out of my comfort zone. I want to think about who I can help in the new year to get to where they need to be. This is the time to sit down and map out a plan for our next year. Push yourself to do better, do more, be more!
Start mapping out the first 90 days and what you want to see at the end of that time period. I read an amazing book, The 7 Minute Solution: Creating a Life with Meaning 7 Minutes at a Time, that helps you to grasp the 90 day planning concept. (affiliate link). I actually use the planner that comes in 90 day increments to help plan my 90 days out.
To help you get started I’m going to list just a few of the things I want to accomplish in the next 90 days.
- I want to make more tutorial videos.
- I want to redo my web design business website.
- I want to launch my training website.
These are just a few of the things that I want to accomplish in the next 90 days. I hope you will join me and take time to not only list what you want to get accomplished, but provide action steps and get started. Follow me on Twitter to see how I am coming along and leave your comments and one goal you want to accomplish in the next 90 days in the comments below and let’s keep each other accountable for accomplishing more in 2013.
Here’s to a bigger and better productive new year! See you on the other side!
***This article was originally posted in my Organize Life! newsletter. I thought it would be a great thing to revisit in this New Year of 2012. I have edited it from the original. Enjoy!
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The New Year usually inspires everyone to start making New Year’s resolutions (that we know we will not keep) and you may be tempted to do the same this year. Well, don’t! Instead try making decisions and setting goals.
I find that when I make up my mind to focus on having a set of goals that I want to meet for the New Year and actually go through the steps of putting down the tasks to meet the goal I have a lot more success. When you make a goal instead of a resolution there is more accountability. Usually you let yourself off the hook with a resolution because everyone does it and it is okay. But with a goal you actually have to sit down and think about how you are going to accomplish it and write down a blueprint of how to get there.
Every year I write down 3 to 5 goals that I really want to focus on for that year. I write down the steps that I am going to take to get it done and post them somewhere (like my smartphone) where I can be reminded of what is important and what is not to accomplishing this goal. With all of this in place I can go about with my weekly planning focusing on my goal and planning my to do list and schedule accordingly. When you simplify like this you spend less time on things that are not helping you reach your goal and more time on the important things to you that contribute to you reaching your goal.
It is never to late to start putting down goals. Why don’t you start right now with writing down 3 goals (3 important things that you would like to accomplish) this year. They don’t have to be huge unless that is what you want, but just small doable goals. Put them somewhere you will see them daily. Then start on making tasks to accomplish those goals.
May this year bring you more accomplishments than any other!