Well here we are at the end of the year — only 3 weeks left in 2016, so it’s time to look back on 2016 to see what worked and what didn’t work. Let’s start by revisiting your goals from the past year. Follow this flow chart and get a jump on 2017.
Start at the top and follow the flow with your answers to these questions:
Q1: Did you have goals for 2016? If not, then it’s time to create them for 2017.
Q2: If you did set goals for 2016, were they met or not met?
Q3: If your 2016 goals were met, how can you refresh and renew them so that they take you to the next level in 2017?
Q4: If they were unmet, how can you refresh them so they are achievable in 2017?
How did you do? Ready to start setting 2017 up for greater success?
Here are some suggestions for creating effective goals so you can get ahead for 2017:
- Think carefully and drill down into what you really, really, really want to do until you narrow down to ONE BIG GOAL
- What is the #1 thing you want to accomplish in 2017?
- Create sub-goals that will enable you stay focused on achieving your ONE BIG GOAL
- What smaller goals, when put together, will result in you accomplishing you’re your 2017 goal?
- Create sub-goals are measurable and achievable
- Can you tell when you’ve accomplished your goals?
- Do your goals push you without overwhelming you?
- If they are overwhelming, how can you break them down into manageable parts?
- Once you have your sub-goals, divide each into a set of tasks and include target completion dates for each task
- What tasks, when completed, will result in you meeting your sub-goals — and ultimately your ONE BIG GOAL?
- Go through this process for each sub-goal and record them somewhere — go back regularly to check to see where you are (weekly, monthly, quarterly).
There are quite a few tools you can use to create and work through your goals and tasks. Choose the ones that you prefer and what works best for you. Here are a few options:
- Hard copy planner or calendar — including downloadable/printable planners/calendars
- Whiteboard — add a calendar and list
- KanbanFlow app – to-do list using the Kanban approach
- AnyDo app – to-do lists and calendars that sync with all devices and calendars
- Wunderlist app — planning with reminders, folders, tags, and more