Who needs New Year’s resolutions! While they mostly get lost written in a notebook or floating in your mind, setting up goals can actually help you become better at what you do and master your craft.
Do you know that many people work better with deadlines? Yes, it seems ridiculous. Why would you work better under pressure than when you have all the time in this world?
This ”pressure” is similar when setting your goals and that’s why, if you want to achieve them, no matter how big or small, you should think about a few things:
THINK ABOUT REALISTIC GOALS
Okay, you may not be able to achieve world peace (or if you can, please do it!), so think about realistic, tangible things you could do instead.
Imagine this scenario: we set the ladder too high and we fail to achieve what we thought we would. How do you feel? It’s not such a good feeling, right?
Well, how about this: we write down smaller goals (and step-by-step tasks in order to obtain them) and we manage to fulfill them. Happy? Hell yes!
See my point? Stick to tangible and realistic goals.
WHAT WENT WRONG LAST YEAR
…or what could’ve been better. See for yourself what worked and what didn’t in the last year and try two things:
1. Find the reason why it failed
2. Find a possible way to fix it
We learn only by making mistakes and, remember, there is always room for improvement!
WRITE A LIST
It might seem silly, but putting things down on paper (or a Google Sheet) instead of keeping everything in your head makes the goals seem ”more real”. Then you have no excuses, no ”I forgot about my goals” because you have everything in one place, black on white.
You can plan the whole year ahead and break it down to smaller tasks (for example, what you would like to achieve by the end of each month), or focus on a 3-month periods.
For example, my goal this year is to publish a post every week, no exception, starting today. That’s a yearly goal and it means I have to be consistent in my research and writing.
Just writing things down won’t do, of course. In order to track your progress, take a look at your list from time to time and check if you’re successfully keeping up with things and if you have difficulties with any particular tasks. If yes, try another approach or let Google be your best friend.
I wish you all a very happy, healthy and productive year! And tell me – what are your goals for 2017?
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Hi! I’m Isabella and I’m a fine art/portrait photographer, digital photography blogger, jewelry creator and graphic designer. I love spending my time creatively, but when I’m in the mood to chill I enjoy watching movies, drinking tea and hanging out with friends!
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