Think of your new year goal planning as an exciting way to plan your future. Start with the fun stuff. Begin thinking of summer vacation plans and make reservations as soon as you can. You’ll probably even pay less for being organized!
It would be such a fabulous world if every person volunteered for one thing, but they don’t so that leaves the “yes-sers” over volunteered and stressed. If you are over volunteered, take the time to choose which are your one or two favorites in this goal planning session. Then, you’ll need to begin to work on the exit plan for the volunteer tasks you’d like to give up.
Annual goal: Decide whether you’d like to have one big annual goal, 4 quarterly goals or if you need to accomplish 12 smaller goals. This year I really couldn’t come up with one big goal so I chose to do 12 monthly goals and accomplish more.
Here’s the secret to being successful at your goal planning: If you choose one big annual goal, then break it down to quarterly goals that will make that happen. After that, break each one of those into three monthly goals that will make the quarterly goal happen. Then, make an appointment with yourself (seriously) near the end of each month to address your upcoming monthly goal by creating a daily task to reach that goal. This means that you have really broken down your annual goal into a 5-10 minute daily task that can be accomplished to set you up for success. This is goal planning at its finest!
Use the same method if you choose to have 4 goals for the year or 12 monthly goals instead of one annual goal. Knowing you only have to do something for 5-10 minutes per day is so much easier than a “huge goal”.