Happy New Year
2015 is done and dusted and 2016 is now in full swing. Can you imagine, 4 days into the year and we are already in full swing?
Back in the day, yep, I am that old :-). Well, back in the day, people used to set resolutions at the end of every year for the following year. This was a list of things that they wanted to do or achieve in the coming year. Unfortunately most of these were never done. It starts well, but halfway into January, life happens and it all goes out the window. I know, I used to set resolutions too.
I am not sure what it was with resolutions that made them so hard to achieve. But half the time they failed. I think we bit more than we could chew and we wanted to do it all at once instead of breaking it down into smaller actionable tasks.
Plus, we did not clarify our resolutions most of the time. Example: Weight loss. People would start off by starving themselves or over exercising and after a week, it did not seem attractive to lose weight so they would give up.
The best way to have tackled such a resolution as weight loss would have been to break it down. Give yourself at least 6 months to get to your ideal weight. Start off really small, like eating breakfast. Then add a bit of exercise. Then have a healthy snack, then healthy meals, drink water, increase the exercise. Before you know it, you have lost the weight and are now eating well daily and exercising. It is not a once off thing. It is a lifestyle.
These days people don’t talk about resolutions. The new word is goals. People set goals and work toward achieving them, one small task at a time. That’s the best way to get through your resolutions. Setting goals. Yearly goals, monthly goals that lead to the yearly goals and daily goals that lead to achieving your monthly goals.
Just how do you set goals?
Just like I explained above,
1. Set long term goals. Where do you want to be in a year, in 5 years, in 10 years? Write it down.
2. Break it down. How can you get to where you want to be? List the tasks that will get you to where you want to be.
3. List monthly goals. This will give you something to look at on a monthly basis. A snapshot if you will into how you are doing. Looking at the long term goal all the time might overwhelm you and cause you to slacken.
4. Make a daily to do list. These are daily things that you need to work on in order to get you to your monthly goals. At the end of the day, look at what you have achieved and what you have not.
5. Evaluate your goals and tasks regularly to see if you are on the right track or if you need to reevaluate your goals.
Having goals is important as it gives you focus and enables you to achieve and track your achievements.
What are your goals for this year? Do you need help with your goals?