With the New Year among us, many are looking at how to make this year even more successful, than last. This may be on a business level, a personal level or even a family level. When you have so many ideas, bouncing around in your mind, it’s often hard to get started.
Today, I’m going to walk you through a few simple steps to get started.
Keeping track of your goals
First things, first. You need to know exactly what goals you are shooting for. Take out a notebook, or sit at the computer (Whatever works best for you) and start making a list of everything you are striving for this year. Separate them into groups. I have one for Blogging, Personal and Family. I have several goals in each category.
Being realistic, start adding “Goal” dates to each entry.
Here’s an example:
Lose 25 pound (Goal date: 12/31/2012)
Daily journal entries (Goal date: whole year, active goal)
Family fitness day, once a week: (Goal date: Whole year, active goal)
Now that you can actually start seeing how your year is laid out, it’s easier to start focusing on one goal at a time.
Time to start planning
Do one category at a time. Start breaking down each goal and coming up with ideas to make it happen. For instance, one of my goals is to initiate Family fitness day. I pulled out my family calendar, and decided to schedule it, month by month. Since it is winter, and the weather has been all over the place, this makes more sense for our area. On the last day of each month, I wrote “Plan FFD’s”, as a reminder to plan the following month’s events. On the computer, I typed up a bunch of Family types of activities. Bowling, bike riding, Nature walks, swimming…This gives me a list of ideas for planning, and will make the goal much easier to achieve.
The planning portion will probably be the most work. However, once you have completed it, all you have to do is set it into action. I personally have my goals list laminated, and posted on my refrigerator. I also have a copy in my planner, along with an area to write ideas along the way.
It seems like a basic tip, but many people don’t initiate it, because they feel they can do the same thing by just setting their minds to it. As an overly organized person, with 101 things going on at all times, I can personally tell you just how important it is to write things down. Not only does it give you a visual, it also gets those things off your mind, and applies that brain power to the goals at hand.