Happy 2018 to you all! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas – managed to spend time with people you love, eat some nice food and watch some classic films. The new year brings a fresh start.
Time for a Fresh Start
While I don’t necessarily think you need to wait until January to start a new habit or project, I think that the end of a year and the beginning of the next is a nice time to reflect.
There is a lot of distraction in the world today – with the news, social media and the vast amount of information we are exposed to each day. Your goals can be the map that keeps you on course when you feel distracted, anxious or overwhelmed.
So with that in mind, here is how I organise my new year goals.
1. Take Time to Reflect on the Past Year
Early January is a nice time to look back as well as look forward. What went well in 2017? What could have gone better?
We all get so tied up with productivity hacks and checklists, we don’t spend time appreciating everything we have achieved. Realise how far you’ve come, how hard you’ve worked and how much you’ve achieved.
2. Outline What You Want to Achieve in the Next 12 Months
I don’t really believe in new years resolutions. People, generally, don’t keep them. However, there is a nice sense of momentum that comes with a new calendar year. To mark the start of each year, I write goals. The goals go on a Trello board, and each day I review my progress towards a particular goal.
Not all goals are to do with work, most of them are for personal health and maintaining friendships – but those are more important to me as the work-related stuff. Planning a holiday to see friends, taking time to travel and spending time with family are the most important items on my board. Everything else is a bonus.
Goals need to be measurable. You can’t hit a target you can’t see. Take time to write down exactly what is expected for each goal. If your goal is to save money for a trip, know exactly how much you will need to save from each pay check.
I like to write 10 goals, because I feel this gives me enough room to focus on specific key areas of my life, without making me feel overwhelmed.
3. Prioritise Your Goals
As I said earlier, I prioritise my personal and health goals. It’s important to prioritise, otherwise your head will spin and you will feel overwhelmed all the time.
How you prioritise your goals is a reflection of your values.
4. Plan, Research and Stay Organised
Attach any information you might need to achieve a goal. If you’re thinking of travelling, add information about locations, accommodations or interesting places to visit on the card in your Trello board.
If you’re going to have lots of information, you could just keep everything in a Google Doc, and link to the doc from your Trello board.
Keep relevant information together.
5. Have a Vault
So there will be times when you’ll have a really cool idea for a board game, or an app, or a novel. If these ideas are going to get in the way of your goals, it can be a good idea to create a vault to keep these ideas in for later.
So this is how I organise my goals for the new year. With so much distraction on the internet and in the news, it’s comforting to have a place to have everything you need to stay on track.
I wish you the very best in 2018.
Here’s to a good one =)