I hope you all have had a fantastic Christmas break spending quality time with family, switching off and eating all of your favourite things. For me, I love relaxing at Christmas time but it’s also a great opportunity to gather my thoughts on the year ahead. Winding the clock back to two years ago, it was this time of the year when I decided 2016 was going to be my ‘game changer’ year and it sure was. Just read my full story here!
New Year’s Resolutions
For the majority of us, we like to use the beginning of a new year to set resolutions for our professional and personal lives. These resolutions can prove hard to keep, with many of us falling at the first hurdle. Could it be that we’re trying to do too much at one go?
Why Set Goals
Setting goals enables us to stay motivated and focussed on what we aspire to achieve from the year ahead. By writing them down with a deadline beside each one; we can check in every week or so, monitor our progress and determine what we could be doing differently to improve the outcome.
This year, I’ve decided to set myself the challenge of setting out a series of short term goals every 3 months. Of course, in order to do this task, I also have to have a list of long term goals, but remember your long term goals are achieved by undertaking a series of steps. So rather than getting bogged down with the monstrous tasks I see before me, I’ve decided to take bite size chunks to get to the finish line.
- Professional Goal: Attend at least one networking event per month.
- Personal Goal: Get back to a yoga class twice a week.
If I can achieve these goals within a 3 month period, then I know I will be well equipped to start my next set on April 1st equipped with a sense of achievement rather than kicking myself and falling back into old habits, such as eating the cheesecake with a cup of tea rather than getting up for my yoga class!
For those of you reading this, I urge you to try this exercise for yourself. Get out a good old fashioned pen and journal, go somewhere you won’t be disturbed with a coffee and think.
I wish you every success for 2018.
Thanks for reading,