C. DEVELOP A WORKPLAN – great you have the goals – pat yourself on the back as having a destination is the FIRST and most important part of your journey – KNOW where you want to be so you can get there. However even the greatest of ideas need execution. I promise you prayer alone will not suffice. Trust when I say visualization without action is just like dreaming. I did it for a number of years in my 20’s. I find looking at the end goal and working backwards against the timeline works best for me and is quick – from my time in the Landmark Forum I refer to this as “Structures to Fulfilment” for more info inbox me and we can chat more. Alternatively, you can do the “embroidery” or box & thread method where you list all possible tasks required to achieve your goal, put them in boxes and then thread them together to make a pretty picture – I have found if you have a tendency to become too micro-detail orientated you may find the year has passed as you are “detailing” your SMART goals. There are a number of ways to develop a work plan whichever you choose the key requirements are:
b. key milestones with measures
c. logical / realistic ordering of milestone
2. KEEP IT VISIBLE!! SET REMINDERS! – we have all done this. ALL of us at one time or another. Made a great plan, or even for that matter any plan then committed it to memory. Once memorized we put it on the desk, in a drawer or straight to trash because we have photographic memory or immense faith in our superpowers for success. EPIC MISTAKE!! You do all the hard work of setting your goals, aligning them to a timeline (possible even made a chart #justsaying) then “poof” we miss the deadline and blame so and so! Blame yourself! I once made a plan to go on a date with “The one” and I had a plan to wear my best most flattering dress which I needed to collect from my drycleaners once I had confirmed it was ready after which I would swing by after my mani-pedi at the salon with my bestie who was to get me in the right head space to wow him into proposing in 6-8 months. Simple right. Little margin for error. Well let’s just say a few years down the road I am still single and I never made it to the date and as for the dress I hope it is happy there in Mr Wong’s drycleaner in Montreal! It was ALL my ex-bestfriends fault she swept me up in her crisis and well I forgot until it was 45mins past the date time and I had shaggy hair, chipped nail polish and was wearing a wrinkled onesie. Best laid plans can go awry for anyone if they are not kept top of mind. We have way too many distractions good, bad, expected and unexpected which could sweep us away figuratively and sometimes literally. We owe to ourselves to stay focused and on track. A few ways to do this:
a. Make a vision board – stick it to home office board / kids play room
b. Use ICT / apps – get on to outlook and set reminders / or if you are an apple user then the “reminders” app is perfect
c. Block out days in your calendar to review monthly progress – make this a thing you do like you brush your teeth
d. Tell a friend – let them be a prompter / reviewer of sorts
e. Make a list of immediate tasks – stick it to the fridge / bathroom mirror
f. Have a bright sparkly notebook that is handbag friendly and carry it with you (again #justarecommendation)
Whatever you decide ensure it will be consistent and unavoidable!
That’s is once you are living your personal life with direction, efficacy and SMART goals in action you will find yourself achieving more in all areas of your life.
So a New Year.. maybe. A new attitude. Definitely!!
Marketer, Realist, Feminist, Motivator,