So you’ve set your goals and your new year resolutions. You’ve lined up 10 items that will definitely be checked off at the end of the month. You’ve got this.
Are you in the habit of reviewing your goals?
If so, how often do you do it?
Reviewing your goals is a very critical step to take in achieving them. It’s so easy to get bogged down by the little things, constantly reacting to what life throws at us instead of being proactive. It’s so easy to let life pass us by.
The days bleed into months and then years.
Many of us find that though time moves forward, our goals never do. We make the same resolutions year after year, the same tasks and projects appear on our to-do lists each week.
How do we solve this? How do we ensure that we make progress on our goals?
The Answer: The Weekly Goal Review
In the previous post, we talked about the importance of setting effective goals.
In part 2 of this goal setting series, we examine some psychological principles behind goal setting in depth.
Read on to find out if you have these 5 steps locked down in your goal-setting strategy.
What are your goals for next year? Where would you like to be at this time next year? What would you like to have accomplished in the next three years?
How do you feel when you are asked questions like that? Annoyed? Excited?
When I was younger I would feel incredibly annoyed whenever anyone asked me those questions – and they were rather frequent! Like how the heck would I know what I was doing in 5 years time?! Let alone next year? And why was the need to set goals so important when I can do whatever, whenever I want?
But now that I’m older, I finally recognise the importance of goals – having gone through a couple of years in my early 20s just existing from one day to the next, not being very ambitious or motivated.
Having been planning my life goals for a few years already, I’ve come to really appreciate how useful the process is.
It’s December! One of my fav times of the year, cause Christmas will be upon us soon! Tis the season to be jolly ~
And reflective, too, perhaps?
As another year is about to end, it’s the perfect time to look back on the past year and reflect on what you’ve done. What did 2017 meant to you?
You know how it’s like – You need to get a crap-ton of stuff off your to-do list, but it seems as if there are tons of distractions around you and those items on your to-do list keep getting pushed to the next day…and the next…and the next… ugh
I have been making some changes to my blog over the past month or so and that was the exact problem I experienced. I kept putting off my work. Every single time I needed to sit down and get something down, I managed to find something to distract myself from what needed to be done. And I know many of you have been in similar situations before.
You’ve been through this many times, haven’t you?
You want to finish up that essay, clean up that corner in your room, get through those 5 pesky things on your to-do list…
But you just can’t seem to do it.
Instead, you find yourself scrolling through your Instagram feed, daydreaming or maybe even skimming through this article.
Being an avid procrastinator, I’ve tried tons of time management hacks, downloaded plenty of apps; thinking that there must be a problem with the way I spend my time. But this article by Dr. Timothy Pychyl opened my eyes. It’s not so much about your time management – though that is also important – as it is more about your emotional state when you are about to do something.
Dr. Pychyl has devoted many years of study and research into the area of procrastination, having written a fascinating number of articles and books on it. An Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Dr. Pychyl is also a Director for the Initiatives in Education. I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Pychyl recently and he has shared his insights and tips on tackling procrastination.
Is work the same old thing for you everyday? Do the same stuff for 8 hours, attend the same meetings, talk to the same people, go home, rinse and repeat for x number of days after?
What are the words that pop up in your mind when you think of your career? Boring. Monotonous. Lame. Awful. Stupid.
OR. Do words like – Exciting! Fun! Purposeful! Meaningful! Amazing! Appear more?
Notice how different each set of descriptors make you feel?
If you belong in the former group and are dying to feel more excited about your job, look no further. Here are some hacks that will guarantee you get out of your career rut, learn new skills, get more out of your work hours and experience amazing growth and development. Work will never be the same again!
You stare at the clock…ticking away.
3 hours. That’s all you’ve got and the deadline is up.
To your left, a pile of laundry sits in the corner – untouched and unwashed.
And that pile of letters on your desk desperately needs mailing out.
“Oh, if only I had more time to do all these!” You think.
You start to panic, running your hands through your hair, feeling the anxiety build up…but yet here you are,
reading my blog scrolling through your Facebook feed for the umpteenth time.
My friend, you can get ALL the above and more done. You need better time management skills.
And to help kickstart your journey to becoming a time management guru, we’ve gathered 12 of the best blogs and online forums dedicated to the subject. These are chock full of tips, tricks, strategies and ideas that will be having you finishing projects way before their deadlines, and balancing that with the unwashed laundry, mails and whatever else life throws at you.
Here we go!