I LOVE January! In fact – from Boxing Day right through to the end of January of any given year I’d say it is THE most favourite time of the year for me – It even beats September which I now consider to be the new January.
The Days between Boxing Day and the 2nd January are especially special to me , seven whole days that I spend using my hot off the press notebooks, shiny pens (I’m hoping for another fountain pen to add to my collection this year) and a BRAND SPANKING NEW plotting and planning scheduler/journal for all my goals and key performance indicators for the coming year. All I need to complete the picture and to make me REALLY happy is blue skies, snow on the mountains, hot coffee, undisturbed time, a cosy throw and fluffy coloured socks. Socks always have to be coloured, it helps with the creativity. It truly is “Me time” and I am at my most content.
There is nothing I like more than a New Year’s set of new goals and KPI’s – and in 2019 I have got rather a lot I need (and want) to accomplish…Notice I don’t say New Year Resolutions – they never work for me…
However, I am serious about my goal setting and kpi’s and I am always aware of three things:
- You have to WANT to achieve your goals – they need to mean something in order to take priority
- They have to be achievable
- You need to limit the amount of MAJOR goals/target – more than 3 or 4 big goals and they will become unmanageable and you will give up in frustration
“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.” — Andrew Carnegie
To achieve anything in life, you have to know what it is that you want. You have to decide that what you are doing is important to you, that it is worth all the effort, time and energy. If it isn’t worth the effort for you on a personal level it’s time to set new, more realistic and more important to you goals. Dump the not needed/required and lose the stress.
If you’re passionate about your goals and achievements – and you put in the effort each and every day you will be more likely to commit— more likely to buckle down and work each day towards your goals. So focus on what you really want to accomplish, and it will make the adventure so much easier (and achievable) for you.
I’m going one step further in 2019 though – I am going to prioritise my goals and kpi’s – in order of importance and in order of what I need to do to work IN my business as well as ON my business and I will be using the Eisenhower Decision Matrix:
Important and Urgent
Important but not Urgent
Not Important but Urgent
Not Important not Urgent
Thirty to Sixty minutes EVERY DAY working and focusing on one goal will be far more effective than all day once a month. Little actions on a regular basis have far reaching and long term effects. It will also alleviate the stress, frustration and sense of urgency too.
In the words of Tesco “Every Little Helps!”
By taking that pressure off – makes it manageable and easy to eat – one bite out of the elephant a day and you will soon be making inroads on your projects, accomplishing certain tasks, learning a new skill, creating and engaging on Social Media or just ticking off whatever it is you need to tick off your list.
Slow and steady wins the race and leaves you feeling relaxed instead of frazzled.
My daily goal reaching, tasks will be decided in order of importance, quality and relevance, in order to get done what I need to get done to achieve my objectives, of which I have THREE…
2019 is a pretty BIG deal for me and my business partner – Welshot Imaging – Photographic Academy is TEN years old and we’ve got some pretty impressive plans – a whole 12 Month long celebration starting with our Inspiring Photographers for Ten Years Event.
I’ve also got one main goal I want to implement for The Kiwi Social Community – a new online monthly membership that is fully operational – so, I have to make sure that whatever I do is not only achievable but also doable on a day to day basis.
The third is a personal goal – time for Lee. To make some time to write, read, learn, get fit and sew and I need to build in some time each day to do this. Sounds a lot but I don’t need to do it all, all at once – I just need to make sure I’ve built in some time for me.
Taking SOME form of action everyday for all my goals is going to be important but it has to be undertaken in such a way that it does not add undue pressure, stress or resentment if it doesn’t get done, is not done perfectly or takes a little longer than anticipated.
Some days I know I will only be able to achieve one or two of my “To Do” actions but as long as they are done on a regular continued basis they will be achieved and hopefully with no guilt, stress or pressure attached to do them.
I’m setting myself some small, actionable challenges in January – if you’d like to join me on the adventure make sure you are subscribed to The Kiwi Social – Social Scoop which arrives in your inbox on the 1st of every Month
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Here’s to the best 2019 that is built on small, actionable, bite sized chunks.