First of all, I hope you all had a good New Year and started it off with a bang!
With the New Year comes new beginnings and goals, and as we come to the end of January you may find that the motivation you had for your goals may be dwindling slightly… But don’t give up on them yet! Here’s how you can continue to achieve your New Year goals without making it a chore.
1. Write a clear list of what you want to accomplish in the year..
Making a solid list helps by mobilise your thinking towards your goal, and provides clear insight into the overall aim.
2. Out of the list, choose a maximum of 3 goals to work towards
Choose 3 that are the most important to you (at that moment) and work on those. Concentrating on too many goals can get overwhelming, and may have the opposite effect in your achievements. Tackling goals in threes makes execution highly effective and is pivotal in accomplishing goals, as you are effectively breaking the goals down into manageable chunks to work towards.
3. Have a realistic deadline, and a completed task list
Having a deadline channels your enthusiasm for the task, and prepares you for what you need to do. If you give yourself too much time to get something done, you’ll end up procrastinating more than working (and we definitely don’t want that!)
Note – Try not to make your deadline too rigid. Allow flexibility by giving yourself a few days leeway either side of your deadline so if you don’t achieve your goal on that day, you still have some time to make it up. Plus you won’t feel as bad if you don’t achieve it.
Once you have reached the deadline cross it off your list!
4. Plan for your deadline, build a routine.
We all know that no matter what, something always gets in the way when we are trying to do something… It may be life, laziness, lack of time, the list goes on! But in order to fulfil your goals, you must plan for it! This could be as simple as scheduling time in the diary. Allocating time and making the tasks a part of your daily activity ensures that the tasks will be done, and won’t seem like you are doing an extra piece of work outside of your normal day. Also, writing a short plan of what needs to be done can be very effective, especially on those days when you may feel unmotivated or overwhelmed.
5. Measure your results, not your time. Review your accomplishments and give yourself a little treat! ;)..
This is the best part! Reviewing is an indicator of how far you’ve come, and how close you are to your overall goal!! Yay!
Rewarding yourself is a must! The reward could be anything – from watching your favourite TV programme, buying yourself some new clothes at the end of the month, or going out with friends. At the end of your deadline, you will feel good knowing that this is a well-deserved treat, and believe it or not it will motivate you to continue challenging yourself to get to the next deadline and the next reward 🙂
Over time, you will find that the tasks get easier, and the deadlines time-frames get smaller. Before you know it, you would have reached your goal without even realising! It’s not too late to achieve the goals that you have set this year! Keep going!