So what are your goals for 2018 and how are you going to achieve them? With the end of a year, there’s often a feeling of reinvigoration and hope for the year that lies ahead. We get the chance to assess what worked well for us in 2017 and decide what we need to develop or change for 2018.
Before you get bogged down in the day to day tasks. Use this sense of new beginnings and opportunities to focus on what you want to achieve in the next 12 months.
If your first working week has been spent catching up on emails, invoices and tying up loose ends. You may not of had the opportunity to work on your goals for 2018. Hopefully, you decided on your priorities for the year at the end of 2017 but if not, make this your priority for the week. The following should help you to focus on what’s important and how to achieve it:
What are your work goals?
If you’re employed, are you happy in your current position/workplace? If the answer is no, what are you going to change? It’s difficult to be productive, when we’re not happy in our work. A lack of motivation leads to procrastination and before we know it, another year has passed without us achieving our goals. Set time aside to work out what your work goals are. Eliminate distractions like emails, phone calls and Social Media notifications and close your office door (if you have one). By allowing yourself time to focus now, you’re less likely to let your aims and ambitions go by unrealised.
How fit and healthy do you feel?
You might have over-indulged over the Christmas break but in general how healthy is your lifestyle? And is it holding you back from achieving your work and life goals? If your diet is poor, you will find that your energy levels are inconsistent throughout the day. This in turn causes you to lose concentration and feel lethargic, stifling your productivity. Similarly, if you don’t do any form of exercise, you’ll find that you probably feel sluggish, especially this time of year when daylight is limited. By making changes to your diet and lifestyle you can reap huge rewards in terms of your work and life enjoyment.
Do you have big plans?
If you have secret ambitions to start your own company, travel the world or run a marathon, now is the time to think about making them a reality. Don’t let January pass you by without putting a to-do list together. For instance, if you want to start your own company, your to-do list tasks could include:
- deciding what your good at and what you can offer in terms of a service or product;
- researching competitors;
- accessing finance;
- looking at networking events;
- building a website.
You will have to wait another 12 months to tap into the hope and opportunity that a new year presents, so seize the motivation it has given you to realise your goals. If you plan your time accordingly (more on this in future blogs) you can focus on what really matters to you. Welcome to 2018, it could be your best year yet.
For more info on setting goals you might like to read How to Go About Setting Goals the Right Way
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Happy New Year
Mike Gardner – The Time Doctor