Organizing your Goals for the New Year

Written by Corrie Petersen

It’s that time of year again. It seems like we always set new goals when the New Year comes around. Many of us set resolutions while others set goals. The people that don’t set resolutions say the reason is because resolutions usually go by the way side come February or March. Those same people say they set goals because those get accomplished in one way or another.

Some people are unsure of the process to setting goals or even where to begin. I have organized these steps and put brief descriptions that will help you through this process. When you are organized you will feel better about it and get more accomplished.

•    Brainstorm

The first thing you need to do when you are deciding your goals is to brainstorm. You need paper and a pen or pencil to do this or you can use your computer. Use whichever is easiest for you. Next you will need to look at what you accomplished in the current year. This will help you decide if you need to add unfinished goals to your new list or if you want to add like goals for the New Year.

These goals don’t need to be in any sort of order at this point. You are just getting your list together. Jot down anything and everything that comes to mind. You never know what will come of this list so it’s better to do it all. Once you get everything down on paper, you are ready for the next step.

•    Decisions

Now you need to take those items you wrote down and decide which ones you want to tackle. Unless you plan on outsourcing or partnering with people, you won’t want to add more than about six major goals to your list. You don’t want to over do it or you will not get anything accomplished.

You may have had more than six major goals on your list and that’s ok. Don’t throw the list away just because you hit your six. You may find that you will have time to accomplish them later in the year or you can add them to your list for the next year. So make sure you put this list in a safe spot where you will always remember it.

•    Plan

Now that you have your six goals you need to organize them into bite size pieces. When I say bite size pieces I mean break them into monthly, weekly, and daily goals. This will make it seem easier to accomplish them.

You need to put a deadline for each goal now. Decide which one you want to accomplish first, second, third, and so on. This will help you organize your days, weeks, and months. One important thing to remember is you will have other items on your to-do list each day so you don’t want to say you will have a goal accomplished in 30 days when you need 30 full days to finish it.

One suggestion I have with your goals is that you not save the hardest or most time consuming goal for the end. The reason for this is because you may find yourself stressed during the holidays because you don’t have time to get everything done. Try to do the hardest ones first and save the easier and less time consuming ones for your busy times of the year.

•    Calendar

Once you have organized your timeline, you need to calendar your time and include your goals. Plan a certain amount of time each day or week to work on this. If you have two hours a day that are open, you can plan accordingly with your goal. If something comes up and you can’t finish your goal, that’s ok. Just keep plugging away at it and it will come.

Once you have completed all of these steps, you are ready to start your goals for the New Year. This will be an exciting time and full of wonderful accomplishments. Plan your work and work your plan and you will do great. Good luck and Happy New Year!

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