Happy new year and welcome back to the blog, I really hope you had a wonderful festive break?
I wanted to start off this week by talking about goal setting as it's a good way to get back into things and find your motivation again! Even if you've already set your goals for 2016 re-visiting and refining them can help you kick start your productivity, which I know can be a little hard to find during the first week back ;-)
A new approach to GOAL SETTING:
This method of goal setting really works for me to achieve work-life balance, remember how important self-care is, to prioritise better and to stay motivated throughout the year rather than than sloping off after the first few months so I hope you find it useful too...
STEP ONE - Identify the areas of your life that are most important to you, here are a few ideas:
- Family & Friends
- Fun & recreation
- Holidays / travel
- Personal growth
Aim for somewhere between 6-9 categories and if it makes sense for you, feel free to group together similar headings, e.g. 'Relationships' rather than having family, friends and romance as separate categories.
STEP TWO - Write out each category heading on a piece of paper and under each one list 3-10 things you'd like to achieve in that area by the end of this year.
For example under 'Home', I wrote; 1) Re-decorate the spare bedroom, 2) Do a big wardrobe clear out and 3) Replace the garden decking with a patio
STEP THREE - On a new piece of paper write 'January' or the month you are starting from at the top and write out all your headings again. Now using your overall goals for 2016 you listed in step 2 identify at least 1 0r 2 smaller things you will do this month under each heading to move you closer to achieving the main goal.
For example under 'Home' I wrote; 1) Go through and sort out my jumper drawers and 2) Call 3 gardeners / builders to arrange for them to look at the decking and give us quotes. I decided to leave re-decorating the spare bedroom until the Spring!
STEP FOUR - At the beginning of each new month review your overall goals for the year and tweak where necessary (ticking off, removing or adding as you move through 2016). Then repeat step 3 for the month ahead.
STEP FIVE - At the end of the year you'll be able to review and see just how much you've accomplished!
A few top tips for goal setting:
As you make your lists here are a few pointers to bear in mind:
- Make sure your goals are achievable in the timeframe. I'm all for encouraging 'big goals' but they need to be realistic and you can always stretch them or add new ones as you go if you meet them early!
- Ask yourself before you finalise your overall goals whether each one truly make you feel happy / excited? If you don't feel eager to get started on them they may need a little more tweaking
- When you achieve a goal celebrate your success, no matter how big or small it's important to reward yourself in order to keep your motivation levels up throughout the year
What goals have you set for yourself this year? Can you apply any of the above tips to help you set yourself up better to achieve them?