Think of your new year goal planning as an exciting way to plan your future. Start with the fun stuff. Make your summer vacation plans and make reservations as soon as you can. You might save money for buying early. This will give you something to look forward to as a reward for working so hard on your new year goal! Now, you’ll need to set a date with yourself for your planning day. Try going to an inspiring spot for your planning day.
Thinking of the upcoming year, are you over-committed? Are you over volunteered and stressed? If so, take the time to choose which are your one or two favorites in this goal planning session. Then, you’ll need to begin to work on the exit plan for the volunteer tasks you’d like to give up. This may include finding a replacement committee member or giving them your notice that you’ll not be returning after your term. I can promise you that you will feel relieved to be taking the added duties off your plate.
Don’t Let New Year Goal Planning Scare You! You Can Do It!
Decide whether you want to have one main annual goal, quarterly goals or if you’d prefer to accomplish 12 smaller goals. In 2017, I really couldn’t come up with one main goal so I chose to do 12 monthly goals and it worked out well.
Thinking you have a “big project” ahead of you makes it hard to start. The secret to being successful at your goal planning is to break it down into 5 minute tasks. Here’s how to do that. If you choose one main annual goal, you then break it down to quarterly goals that will make that happen. After coming up with your quarterly goals, it is time to create your monthly goals. Think of the three main tasks it will take to accomplish your quarterly goal. Once you’ve done this, then you should have your annual, quarterly and monthly goals written down. I know that took a lot of thinking and planning, but you are done for now! Then, make an appointment with yourself (seriously) near the end of each month to work on your upcoming daily task list that will achieve the next month’s goal. This means that you have broken down your annual goal into an easy, short daily task that can be accomplished to set you up for success. This is goal planning at its finest!
Use the same method if you choose to have 4 goals for the year or 12 monthly goals instead of one annual goal. Knowing you only have to do something for 5-10 minutes per day is so much easier than a “huge goal”. You may want to put an alarm on your phone to remind you to work on this for 5 minutes each day. Before you know it, your goals are being accomplished!