The new year is a time for fresh starts. For some, it’s an opportunity to make a change in career direction or to improve health and well-being. However, there are many things to consider before setting the goalposts. It’s important to set a few goals based on your own unique circumstances, and keep in mind that everyone is different.
1 – Identify Your Goals
One of the most useful ways to establish a guiding principle for the new year is to take a step back and ask yourself what you’re really trying to accomplish. In a career context, this could mean making more of an effort to network with colleagues, peers, and even competitors. Or it could mean improving your sleep habits, learning to cook more nutritious meals, or refining your relationships. Identifying these goals can help you to prioritize your activities, and to set the bar high enough that you actually achieve them.
Goal setting isn’t just for the brave and the bold; it can also be a source of pride, and a means of motivating yourself to work harder. For example, setting a goal to improve your fitness level is a good way to motivate yourself to start exercising. Having a clear goal in mind can also lead to an improved sense of accomplishment, and it can help you avoid burnout.
2 – The SMART List
Creating a list of SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound) goals will not only provide clarity of purpose, it will also help you track your progress. Some of these objectives can be as simple as completing a single task as a reward for a job well done. Other achievements might include achieving a project milestone, or meeting a sales quota.
3 – Making Important Connections
Setting a goal is a great way to boost your morale, as well as show your boss you’re a team player. But the most important thing is to remember that your goals aren’t just for you, and they’re not just for the team that you’re on. Whether you’re planning to leave your current employer or just starting out in the workforce, networking is the best way to succeed and to build a network of people who can support you as you make your way up the corporate ladder. You can do this by attending conferences, connecting with other professionals in your field, or simply by staying up-to-date on industry trends.
4 – Tracking Your Goals
Using a planner such as the 2023 Diary is a savvy way to set and track your goals in a streamlined fashion. While you’re at it, you might as well make a habit of checking your progress on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. This can serve as an accountability partner, and it can even help you stay on track during those times when you’re feeling particularly lazy.
5 – Establish Your Budget
Another way to ensure you achieve your goals is to establish a budget. While it’s not a good idea to scrimp on essentials like food and clothing, there are certainly times when a little luxury is just what the doctor ordered.
Celebrate Your Wins!
So, this year as you ring in the New Year, take some time to reflect on where you are and where you want to be. Set your big hairy audacious goals for 2023. Write them down and divide them into manageable bit-sized pieces you can share with a trusted mentor. And don’t forget to celebrate your wins.