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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.
We are starting a new month and I have been doing a lot of soul searching and working on things in my life. What does that have to do with organizing you say? A lot! It’s never really about clutter when your house is disorganized. Until you change habits within yourself your efforts to get and stay organized will be in vain.
With that being said, I was perusing TED.com and found a video by Matt Cutts about trying something new for 30 days. I thought what a great way to build a habit. I have a few habits I want to build and so I decided to start my own 30 day challenge. For the next 30 days I plan on doing at least 3 things that I want to build healthy habits on. To help me keep track with this I am using a app called Habit Streak. You can read my review here. It’s available for most platforms.
It’s never really about clutter when your house is disorganized. Until you change habits within yourself your efforts to get and stay organized will be in vain.
So what are the habits I want to work on for the next 30 days?
My 3 Habits
- Walk everyday for 30 minutes.
- Spend one on one time with my oldest daughter everyday.
- Meditate at least twice a day. (No woo-woo stuff, just sitting and clearing my busy mind)
Now is your turn. What habit do you want to cultivate for the next 30 days? Let me know in the comments below or head over to my Facebook page and share there. Let’s keep each other accountable. Below is the video I was telling you about. It’s very short and will give you some ideas about what types of things you could do for the next 30 days.
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This week is National Procrastination Week. I thought in honor we should purpose to do one thing this week that we have been procrastinating on. It doesn’t matter what it is. It could be a project around the house that you have been putting off. It could be that junk drawer that you have been meaning to get to. It may be something at work that you have put off.
Whatever it may be pick one. Sit down and on a sheet of paper write down what it is and then list the steps or tasks that you need to do to finish it. If you need help from others write that down (who you need). Once you have mapped out a plan either get started now or schedule it on your calendar for this week.
You will feel so much better once you have completed this thing you have been putting off. You may even be motivated to do other things that you have been putting off.
The point is to get started NOW! Don’t let National Procrastination Week pass you by without getting anything done. Until next time…
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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.
If you have been reading my blog for any time now you should know how I feel about resolutions. I hate them! Why you ask? Because we never keep them. I prefer to set attainable goals instead. But a lot of people still make New Year’s resolutions, so I thought I would share with you a great survey infographic done by Franklin Covey to find out if people have the same resolutions from year to year or do they change.
It’s a new year. What decisions are you planning to make this year to get you closer to your goals? This is the time to get organized and start fresh and keep it going. Make decisions this year, not just resolutions.
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