Well it is a brand new, shiny year and we are all full of good intentions and ambitious New Year’s resolutions. The media is full of ideas on how to improve yourself by shedding those excess pounds, putting together a new wardrobe and getting that job promotion you know you deserve. All great ideas, but why more often than not does it not happen? We say, “life gets in the way” and “I’m too busy and don’t have enough time” and then somehow that gets us off the hook for not managing to achieve what we so wanted. At least for another year...
What many people don’t realise is that to make sure you achieve your goals you need to intentionally plan to achieve them. Start by writing down your goals: personal, work-related and financial. Think about the things that are important for your family or your work, such as taking that vacation, paying off your mortgage, building an awesome back deck, getting that job promotion or starting your own business. Include a timeline of when you want to try to achieve each of your goals – some may be during this year, some may be further into the future.
The next step is recognising what you need to do in order to make each of those goals happen. Next to each of your goals write a list of all the separate tasks you need to complete for you to be able to achieve that goal. Try to be as specific as possible and include dates for completion. If your goal involves other people completing certain tasks, don’t forget to include them in your lists.
Now at this point some people can feel a bit overwhelmed. “What is the point?” you say,”I still don’t know where to start!”. This is where recognising the way in which your mind works best comes into play. Here are some suggestions for managing goal-related tasks you could try:
- The traditional method is to capture all of your tasks onto one master task list (electronic or paper) and then move tasks from the master list onto a daily or weekly to do list, deleting as you complete them. As someone who likes to physically write things down, my choice of master task list is a dry-erase notebook.
- Some people find having a separate sheet of paper for each goal with its related task list works – crossing off each task once you have completed it can be very satisfying and allows you to see your progress towards achieving your goal.
- If seeing all of your tasks at once is too much, try writing each task onto a separate sticky note. Place all of the sticky notes for each goal into a pile, in the order in which you need to do them (put the first to do on top), and put the notes into the recycling once you have done them. You could add a date to be completed to each note to help you keep track of any deadlines.
- Instead of making a pile of sticky notes you could try adding them to your wall calendar or day timer, showing when you need to have each particular task done.
- If you are trying to break a sticky notes/paper lists habit then you could use a smartphone app (such as ColorNote or OneNote) to record your tasks along with dated reminders for completion.
PRO TIP – to increase your chances of success choose just ONE method (paper or electronic) for your task list, rather than trying to mix and match.
One thing is for sure, once the time has gone we can’t get it back no matter how many resolutions we make. So however you decide to do it, I hope you are able to enjoy the feeling of achieving your goals; whether big or small. Wishing you all a Happy New Year and an organized 2018!
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