2016 is hurtling past us in a frenzy of dramatic news headlines. Indeed, the year seems just as eager to be done with itself as everyone else is. We’re already a few days into August, and with two-thirds of the years already gone, many of us are beginning to set our sights on next year, preparing to dive into 2017 with gusto.
But not so fast! August is the perfect time to conduct a little review of what you wanted to achieve this year, and to examine what you need to do to realise those goals. You still have several months left and loads of time to get stuff done. So, let’s get started!
Review & Redefine
If you set goals for yourself in January, it’s time to check in. Have you made some progress? Have any of your goals changed? Maybe you wanted to find a cool new job, or to learn a new skill that will help you in your current one. Whatever those ambitions were, assess if they still apply and what you need to do to achieve them. If you set yourself several aims to shoot for, decide which is the most important one, and focus on that.
Accountability is a key factor in getting things done. It’s hard to finish a project without a deadline, and it’s hard to achieve what you want if you don’t have a completion date, and people who know that can support and motivate you. So tell your family, tell your friends, tell your cat! If you really want to get stuff done, shout it from the rooftops and hold yourself to your promise!
Make a Plan
Break down a large goal into several smaller, easily feasible tasks and get scheduling. Create one measurable task that you have to accomplish every week, and don’t let a week slip by without ticking it off. By having several small goals that add up to a larger one, you’ll be less likely to get demotivated.
Cut Out Obstacles
Think about what’s stopping you. Is it hard to find the time? Then make it. Cut out unnecessary time-wasters (e.g. endless Facebook feed scrolling) and set aside time that is just for you, and just for getting this one specific thing done. Don’t allow yourself to do anything else during that time. You either make progress with this goal, or you do nothing. No other distractions allowed!
Walk it Off
If you get stuck or frustrated, take yourself out for a walk, a run, or whatever type of exercise strikes your fancy. Exercising will help you clear your mind, and you may very well come up with a solution when you stop trying. To do things well you need to be well, so focus on being healthy and run your way out of any rut.
Celebrate Your Achievements Daily
At the end of every day, take a little time to look back on what you’ve completed and give yourself a well-earned pat on the back. We’re far more likely to criticise what we haven’t done, than to appreciate what we have. So take a little moment to celebrate what you’ve rocked, and get ready for what’s next!