My last blog in January was about setting new year’s resolutions in a different way and is the way that I have set goals for myself in the past few years. However, at the end of last year one of my big goals for 2019 finally came to fruition and I completed on a new flat on the 20th December. This meant that this goal would be rolling over into 2020 and would become a big part of the start of the year.
Therefore I took a decision to do things differently and actually didn’t set any goals in January or make my plans for the year. Instead I took a step back and looked at where I was and knew that I had one priority at that time – moving home. So that was my one and only goal and I concentrated on that in January and February; cleaned, decorated and sorted out my lovely new flat before moving in then cleaning the old one to hand back.
I kept it simple, I knew that I wouldn’t have the time or headspace to plan or make big changes so I took the decision to delay my planning and goal setting until I was ready. Now that I am settled in, there are still a few things to sort out but far less than in January and my headspace is freed up, I know that I am now ready to look at my goals and planning for the next 6-12 months.
I wanted to share this in case you saw all the new year’s posts about setting resolutions or goals but felt like it wasn’t the right time for you but could now be feeling like you are ‘behind’ or have missed opportunities. Or if you have feel like the last two months have flown past and you haven’t achieved what you wanted.
Take a pause and a deep breath then start from here, start now and start right where you are. Take the first step, then the next one and keep going. Now is a great time to get started, reflect, make plans and set some goals.
After all, you can start your plans at any point in time, it doesn’t have to be in line with everyone else and you will know better than anyone the right time for you to start and how you want to do it.
Here are some questions to ask yourself whilst you are reflecting and planning:
What period of time do you want to set your goals for?
What do you want to achieve during this time?
Why do you want to achieve this? What will it mean to you to achieve it? What difference will it make to you/ your family/ others?
How will you feel when you achieve the goal?
Where are you now with these goals?
What do you need to do to get to where you want to be?
Here is a reminder from my January blog of some top tips to help you with setting your goals:
- Pace yourself – if you have a number of goals, do you need to be doing them all at once? Don’t start doing them all now if they don’t need to be. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself or overcommit yourself and then give up. Look at your priorities, what could wait or what could you get help with?
- Be Specific – What do you want and why you want to do this. Don’t just write the headline; break it down, what do you want to do, by when and how? Have sub tasks so that you have a clear path how to get there. For example don’t say you want to lose weight, if that’s your plan, how much do you want to lose? When do you want to lose it by?
- Think about support – Do you need any support? Who can you ask? What resources will you need or help (and who could help you)?
- Be prepared for challenges – and things you hadn’t thought of, something that may crop up that changes your direction for a while or block your progress. Don’t be put off by this, see what you can learn from the situation and work out how to get yourself back on track, it may be that you do need to change what you are doing.
- Keep a record of your goals – break them down – you could write them down, if you are artistic draw them or cut pictures out of magazines – use a way that will work for you. You could put together a board on Pinterest to showcase your goals but don’t forget to print it off and put it up somewhere you will see it regularly to remind you of them.
- Celebrate your achievements – Don’t forget to think about how you will know when you have achieved a goal and how you will celebrate that achievement. If the goal is big acknowledge the smaller steps too.
- Do a regular review/ check in– How often do you check in with your goals or do you set them and then either progress through them or they are forgotten about. Honestly look at how you are doing, this is not about berating yourself if you are not on track, this is about checking there is some progress and that they are still meaningful. Make changes if needed, these are ‘living documents’.
What’s your priority goal at the moment? What’s the next step you could take to move it forward?
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