Are you on track with your goals so far this year?
Are you ticking off your goals and moving forward as planned or have your plans stalled a little?
Do you feel like you have gone off track?
It is important to remember that going off track, doesn’t always need to be seen as a negative. A lot of great things can result from unexpected changes and opportunities.
If things aren’t going the way you wanted them to, what do you need to do to get your year back on track?
Here are some tips for getting your year back on track.
Pat Yourself on the Back
Let’s start by having a look at everything you have achieved and accomplished so far this year.
In our rush to work through our massive to-do lists and stressing about everything we haven’t accomplished, we often forget to take a moment to celebrate our successes and acknowledge how much work we have gotten done.
Learn from your Mistakes
We all make mistakes. Have a close look at the mistakes you have made so far this year? Look at the lessons learned from these mistakes to see where there is room for improvement.
If you haven’t achieved as much as you would have liked, don’t beat yourself up. Being hard on yourself won’t do anything but lower your self-esteem.
Have a concrete plan to do better.
Work out if you are overlooking a major mistake that is stopping you from achieving your goals?
Do a reassessment
Are your goals still your goals?
Life changes and sometimes our goals need to change with them. Do you still want the same results you have been working towards all year?
Though it can be hard to let go of a certain goal, particularly when you have held onto it for so long, you need to decide if a goal is adding to your life or hindering it.
Look into your time management
As you might suspect, I have written about time management here before. If you have not achieved your goals, you need to work out how your time management can be improved.
My biggest problem is assuming I can get more done in a certain amount of time than I actually can. I plan out my week, yet fail to realize just how much time each task will take to finish, which sometimes leaves me feeling frustrated and disappointed when I haven’t been able to complete all of the work.
I have recently heard about Tick Tock Timer, so I suspect this handy tool will soon be becoming my new best friend. It will help to keep me on track time-wise but also give me a more accurate indication of how long certain tasks take to complete from start to finish.
Notice I used from start to finish there. Emphasis on the finish.
Don’t fall into the trap of getting a project 90% completed, then think I will finish that later. Later doesn’t cut it. You need to focus on getting the job completed.
Start with a realistic game plan and work from there.
Look for the biggest impact
Have a look at how you can make the biggest impact for the rest of the year?
What project or tasks will give you the most bang for your workload buck? What is the one thing you can do to turn things around today?
Start planning early for next year
Don’t wait till the end of the year or worse till January to work out what you want your year to look like.
Start thinking about what you want earlier, so you have your plan and are ready to roll when the new year begins.
If you want til January, you could be down a month before you even get started.
Once you get yourself back on track you’ll feel a lot more motivated and productive, not to mention you will be feeling a lot happier.
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