There is no doubt that 2017 is only days away which means some of you will be reviewing your achievements for 2016, looking to complete your goals by the end of the month and setting new ones for the new year ahead. I know it sounds cliché to be setting goals at the beginning of the new year but if you saw my post on setting goals in October (which is in need of updating) then you’ll know that I set goals every month.
Setting goals every month is an important way to grow and build confidence in yourself. It develops your skills and mind set which is so important for your overall wellbeing.
Think about it, when you aren’t working towards something how do you feel? Personally, I feel unaccomplished, like I’m not working to my full potential. Once I finished all my legal qualifications in February, I found that I needed something new to work on and keep my mind active. I worked so hard on my education towards my legal career that at first it was hard to find something new to work on. As you all know I started this blog and now getting into fitness after years of slacking off – more on my fitness journey soon!
No matter what give yourself something to work on. Work on something for yourself, to learn more and build on your personal development. Don’t sit around waiting for things to happen or accomplish things without putting in the work. I want to give you the chance to think about the goals you didn’t reach this year, the goals you’re working on and the goals you want to achieve. Think about why you want to achieve these goals and what they will mean to you. I feel that there is no use in setting goals if you can’t figure out the overall purpose of your goals. So how can you achieve goals you set for 2017?
How to stay organised and achieve goals in 2017
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Figure out what are you trying to achieve
Determine what you’re trying to achieve. Is it financial freedom, turning your part time side hustle into a full time business or maybe improving your overall well being? It could be all of them but the point is, get clear on what the overall goal is. You can then break this goal down into smaller ones so that each time you want to quit or lose motivation, you will recall what you’re actually working towards so that you don’t give up.
Create a plan
Work out how to achieve your goal. If you don’t plan, you’ll get overwhelmed, confused and lose sight of your goal. You want to make sure you can action your goal and every step you take is going to get you closer to your goal. If your aim is to better your fitness levels, what do you intend to work on? Grow your muscles? Lose fat? Gain overall confidence? How many times a week will you work on your fitness? What days and times?
Your plan is something that needs to be executable and able to put in your calendar. You need something to act as the reminder! Don’t set your plan out in some fancy diary that you never look at again until the end of 2017.
Set a deadline
Whether its 5 years, 3 months or 1 week. Set a deadline. Without one its easy to get side tracked and put it off because you can pick up where you left off at any time. It also helps to track your progress and see how far you have come. It will also keep you focused given that your goal is time sensitive and make sure that you are efficient with your time.
Find your source of inspiration
Lets face it, we all have down days. Sometimes we lose focus or take time out. We cant always be everywhere at once or get overwhelmed which is ok! But you have to keep going. Which is why its important for you to find your source of motivation or inspiration to help you stick to your goals when you don’t quite feel like it. What boosts your energy levels and gets you going? Do you need a pep talk from a close friend or go for a walk to a quiet thinking space?
Mine is listening to podcasts. I can find all sorts of motivating and positive podcasts on my phone because that’s all I subscribe to. I can zone out, get some useful tips which will help me refocus, gain clarity and push me to keep going. Find the source which lights you up and gets you going. It could be going back to number 1 and remembering what your overall aim is.
Don’t always rely on motivation
Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to have a source of motivation. It helps you maintain a positive mind set and boost your confidence too but you also need persistence and dedication in order to achieve your goal. No matter how much motivation you have igniting you or the amount of motivational ted talks you listen to, nothing is going to get you up if you aren’t persistent and dedicated. Show up everyday, the same way you do for work or for your studies.
This is also where breaking bigger goals into smaller ones comes in. I believe in small wins which create bigger gains. If the task is too big, it will become overwhelming and more than likely you’ll want to quit.
Analyse your progress
How are you doing at the moment? Did you achieve your goal or are you falling behind. Create weekly or monthly check ins to review your progress. If you have broken your goals into small chunks like I mentioned above, then you should be monitoring your progress at least weekly. If you are falling behind don’t be afraid to admit it and analyse where you are going wrong. Maybe its obvious and you know you haven’t been putting the work in or maybe it isn’t and you need some external help to review why you aren’t reaching target.
Lastly don’t give up! Its easy to get ahead of yourself and feel like you aren’t achieving your goals quick enough or maybe you don’t feel like you’re making enough progress. Stay positive and keep going.
How else are you making sure you achieve goals the goals you make for 2017? If you feel like you’re losing focus and need additional guidance, I created a productivity guide which gives useful hints and tips on how to manage your time efficiently. You can download it below!