Tips for Setting New Goals in 2015

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This is the time of year when thoughts drift off into New-Year-Resolution land. Lately I’ve been thinking about all the things I wanted to accomplish in 2014 that are still on my list. With only two days left, I have to decide, do I move those items to the 2015 list or do I start a whole new list?

And now as I look at it, I’m wondering how did some of these items get on my list in the first place?

Sigh… the top of my list now reads: “Plan better next year.”

Planning is crucial. But let’s face it, we cannot plan for everything. Priorities change, items at the top of the list become irrelevant under new circumstances, and new items get added all the time. That’s why we cannot simply keep rewriting our lists. We need to make plans, and then consistently review those plans.

Life Planning

If your life has changed significantly over the last year, your purpose may have shifted, and your priorities may need to change. The New Year is the perfect time to review your overall life plan. If you do not have a “life plan”, now is the time. My life plan is to make the world a nicer place. I have been told, “well, that’s a pretty lofty goal.” But that’s not my goal, that’s my purpose. Goals are much more specific than that. Before you can list your goals and create your “to-do” lists for each week, you have to know your purpose.

  • Ask yourself these questions: What is my life purpose? What is the purpose of the work I do?
  • Write a mission statement.
  • Make a list of your values.

Priorities

What would you like to accomplish this year? Now is the time to get your priorities straight.

  • Ask yourself these questions: What are the important categories in my life? What are my intended outcomes?
  • Write statements of intention in line with your values.
  • List your 2015 priorities in order of importance.

Goal Setting

If you have read Business Mastery, you know that “Goal setting is the means of turning your dreams into reality.” It’s not enough to dream, write down your life purpose, and set priorities. You have to actually create goals and attain them. Look at your 2015 priorities. Do they match last year’s? If not, your left-over goals and “to-do” lists must also change.

  • Now create a list of goals you must attain to fulfill your 2015 priorities. Remember to make them specific, measurable, and realistic.
  • For each goal, make a chronological list of action items to be completed this month. This becomes your new “to-do” list, to be further organized by week for efficiency. (This is my favorite step, because I love checking items off my list!)
  • At the end of each week, assess whether or not your action items were assigned realistically. Were there too many items left over? If so, do you need to manage your time better, or admit that some things take longer and reschedule them appropriately?

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Toss the Old List, Set New Goals for 2015

Remember that 2014 list we talked about? Throw it away. If you focus on the past and what you did not accomplish, you are wasting valuable attention better spent on the new 2015 list you created.

Focus on that new list, review it regularly (don’t wait until the end of the year, like me), and by all means, have a HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR!