Every January, many of us make resolutions. We make a plan to create positive changes in our lives. Unfortunately, by the time March rolls around, those goals are usually forgotten or given up on.
But, why wait until January to resolve to doing things differently? Consider doing a midyear check-in instead. This is a great time review how much you’ve gotten accomplished, or if you haven’t seen those goals in a while, to dust them off and renew your commitment to making a few adjustments.
Ok, so it’s a little past the middle of the year, but it’s still a good time to get back on track. Here are four things you can do to re-focus:
- Analyze your original goals. Take a look at the goals you set at the beginning of the year. Are they still important to you? Do they still apply to your current way of living? Are they realistic or too large to manage? Keep the ones that still matter to you and then…
- Prioritize. Of the goals that are remaining, which one will you work on first? It can be helpful to focus on one thing at a time so that you don’t get overwhelmed. Pick the one area you will start working on first and then rank the other goals in terms of their importance to you.
- Take small steps. Even though your commitment level may be high, it can be difficult to manage a big goal all at once. Instead, break it into small manageable actions. You might want to write down all the steps that will be needed to complete a goal and schedule time on your calendar to work on each one.
- Make anti-resolutions. If you’re not ready to take on a large resolution just yet, consider focusing on micro-goals as you fine tune your larger plan. The nice thing about micro-goals is that since they’re super small, they’re easier to get done. Take a look at the sample micro-goal list that professional organizer, Allison Carter, created to see how it might work for you.
Remember, keep things simple and manageable so that you have a greater chance of success.
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