The new year is about new things and new goals, right? So how do you stay on track?
- Don’t make your list of goals unreasonable. If you’ve created a long list, take another look at it and make sure it fits your personality and your lifestyle. Adjust it if necessary, but don’t be too easy on yourself. Make sure you are giving yourself something to improve.
- Develop a strategy. Once you’ve whittled that list down to what makes sense, think about what can help you stay on target. You know what you want to accomplish; now how are you going to get there? For instance, I have partnered with a friend of mine to keep each other on task with a writing competition we both are determined to enter. We agreed to send each other “motivational emails” at the beginning and end of each week. It’s kind of like the Weight Watchers‘ philosophy. If someone is watching your progress, you’re more apt to stick with it.
- Get more organized. Use whatever works for you. Make “To Do” lists or calendar reminders each week. Keep track of your time by writing down what you do each day. Use that new iPad you got for Christmas to help you! Keep office clutter to a minimum. Don’t let personal errands and tasks interrupt your work week. Try to get them out of the way early in the week or on Sunday night so you can focus the rest of the week.
- Maintain balance. I wrote about this last year as a guest blogger on Writing4Effect. Start each day by eating right and getting some kind of exercise. If you’re healthy and feel good about yourself, you will be more successful with other goals in your life.
- Don’t give up. If you get sidetracked from your goals for a few weeks, it’s okay. Take a break and then get back to it.
- Finally, reevaluate your list of goals mid-year. Take the time to rethink things if it’s just not working; maybe you’re asking too much of yourself. If you’re frustrated or working too hard, there is no crime in changing your set of commitments for the year. We all have enough stress in our lives. Don’t add anymore than necessary. BUT make sure you’re being honest with yourself. If you’re just being lazy or aren’t motivated, make some positive changes in your routine and JUST DO IT!
Hopefully, I’ve given you some food for thought here. Maybe you’ll find an idea or two that will work for you. It doesn’t matter if your goals are personal or business related. A solid set of guidelines can help.
Speaking of new things in a new year,
I think that change is good for new year – it gives me a fresh perspective; you should try it if you haven’t already! You may have noticed that Words Etc has s a new logo – one of my goals for this new year! You’ll also find it on my Facebook page and on my LinkedIn profile as well. Some other new things I’ve got going on that are tied to this logo are a refresh of my web content and our newest service — Resume Writing and Revisions. I’ll be adding content related to resumes both on the website and here so please check back for more soon!
Good luck with your goals for the new year. Let me know how YOU are doing. I’ll be checking up on you, so no slacking……
- Keep a Diary of Your Achievements to Stay on Course in 2012 (lifehack.org)
- Writing for Life: 5 Practical Goals for Writers (Creative Penn)