It’s January 2019. Time for a new start. New beginning. Time to set your trajectory tract for the year.
How can you intentionally map out or set your goals for this month and/or this year? What can you do to make sure that you execute your plan for this year? Let’s discuss some ways that can help you set your goals and put them in motion.
January is such a good month. Good ahead and get that idea in your head right now. Regardless of how last year ended, whether good or bad, January is a fresh start. Each month really can be a fresh start, but it’s the newness of January that makes it stand out so much.
In last month’s monthly motivation post that you can find here, we discussed how we should really take the time to evaluate what did and didn’t work for 2018. Also, we also said that we shouldn’t be making resolutions just because everyone else is doing it. We should be asking ourselves personal questions, to set our course for this year.
Now that January has arrived, hopefully, we have asked ourselves some hard questions and came up with some honest answers. Now, it’s time to set things in motion.
There are 3 different titles for this section because it truly depends on what you want to call your mindset for this year.
A resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something.
A goal is the object of a person’s ambition or effort.
An expectation is a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future.
Which one best suits what you are trying to do for this year? It could be one, it could be all. For me, personally, I am going to set goals for myself. But, I am also loving the idea of doing a vision board, this will be something new that I am trying this year. I am going to be more intentional about holding myself to the fire to reach the goals that I am laying out.
What about you? How are you going to label or define your journey for this year? Resolution, goal, expectation? From there, what are the things that you are going to try to accomplish? What are your resolutions, your goals or your expectations for yourself this year?
You have your resolutions, goals, expectations in place. Now, you need to figure out what tools you can get or you can use to make sure you follow through with what you have set.
Tools, you may ask? What kind of tools? Anything that can assist you in your efforts. Are you using a calendar and/or planner? If not, this is a great place to start to get you working in a consistent manner. If you do use one, are you using it or them to the best of your ability? I know first hand, I don’t use either my calendar or planner the best that I can. If I used each one this year better than I did last year, that alone will help me with some of my goals.
Almost everyone has a smartphone, computer or some type of device that probably has productivity apps. Are you using any of these, if not, are there some that you could benefit from using?
Here are a few apps that can be useful as tools to assist you this year:
Those are just a few apps/websites that can prove to be helpful in your journey. Search online or in your phone’s app store for more.
Also, there are numerous planners available that will allow you to find one that will work just for you. I use different kinds of planner between work and personal. I am currently using the Midori or Traveler’s Notebook for my personal planner. If a physical planner won’t work for you, there are digital ones that you can try.
The only way to know if your plan is really working and that you are on the best path is to regularly evaluate your progress. I think a lot of times we fail with our new year’s plans because we don’t regularly check them. We just set them into place as a mear idea in January, but we never come back to do a regular check on how we’re doing.
So how are you going to evaluate your progress? Monthly. Quarterly. Weekly. You need to decide when are you going to set aside time to look over your progress to see if you need to adjust your new year’s plan. My advice is to go ahead and calendar it for the year so you won’t have to think about it until it shows up on your calendar. Then you can take a realistic view of how you’re doing.
So hopefully by now, you have a plan in place or you are seriously thinking about putting a plan in place. Set your plan up whether it be resolutions, goals, expectations or a new vision board. Go ahead and outline what you are going to do. Then, make sure to have the tools in place that you need to help you execute your vision. Finally, set a regular schedule to evaluate yourself.
Here’s to having a successful start to a wonderful year.
“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”-Oprah