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turning your goals into action
 

"The first step to getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are." – Chauncey Depew

A new year and a new beginning. Ready to make it the best year yet? I sure am.

This time of year I often find myself reflecting over the past year looking for hidden blessings and successes, but I also try to review what didn’t work and search for ways to improve in the new year.

One of my affirmations for this year is…I turn my Dreams into GOALS, my Goals into STEPS, and my Steps into ACTIONS. Last year I had trouble with the “steps into actions” part of the statement. This year I’m trying a new approach to achieve my goals and thought I’d share with you.

If you do try it, let me know what you think. If it helps, I’ll probably incorporate it into next year’s weekly planner.

Click on the link below to download a free PDF printable.

NM_MonthlyActionPlan.pdf


The Worksheet

My Focuses this month are...

What are your main focuses this year? What is it that you want to accomplish most? Now write a word or short phrase related to each of the three main goals or areas of focus for the year. For example, I have three main goals this year, they are in a nutshell – produce more artwork, get healthier, and be successful in business. Based on these, my words for this month are Produce, Follow Through, and Commit.

Science has shown that students who took notes by hand, retained the information longer than the students who took notes digitally – voice recorder or on a laptop. So even if you already did your goal planning for the year, write out a word or phrase related to them again. It’ll help cement each one in your brain.

Action steps related to my focuses are...

Expanding on the three main focuses for the month, what are actions or steps you can take to get you closer to your goal? What can you do this month? List just a couple of things for each area of focus.


Additional Actions or To Dos are...

What are some other actions or tasks that you need to do this month, not related to your focus words or goals? o you need to write Blog posts? Craft an email? Contact a gallery? Whatever they are, write them down. In my case, I have to inventory my art supplies and wrap up the 2018 accounting this month.

Putting your Plan into Action

Grab a cup of coffee or wine (no judgment here) and sit down with your completed Monthly Action Plan and planner open to the month view. Looking at the appointments and other commitments you have for the month, assign each action step to a week of the month. Be realistic and don’t over schedule yourself. If you have more action steps than you can complete, tackle them next month.

Write each action step in the To Dos section of the planner for the assigned week. You can take it a step further if you want, and block in time during the week to for completing the action step. And for that, you get extra credit! :)

Small steps add up, before you know it you’ve walked a mile. :)

If you feel like sharing your three words for the month, type them in the comments section below. I’d love to hear them.

 
 

Are You Lost at the End of the Year?

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"Time moves in one direction, memory in another." – William Gibson

Time moves so fast and yet can drag along in the same instance. Know what I mean? Seems like just last week we were ringing in the New Year and looking forward to all that would be different “this year”. Don’t know why I fall into that trap every year?

Fast forward with me for a moment. When you get to the end of the year and look back, do you have a hard time remembering what happened before November and December? I sure do! How I feel about the whole year gets based on wether the last two months were good or bad. The whole year!

It’s not age related, at least not yet. It’s because I have a hundred different things, going in a hundred different directions bouncing around in my head. Things that happened yesterday, last week, or last month - they’re in the rearview. They’re done, don’t have to keep track or think about them. So what to do?

At the end of each month, I take about 15 minutes to reflect over all that happened. What stands out? What good happened? What were some successes? What would be good to do differently next time? I then take about 15 minutes or so and write up a brief summary in the Weekly Planner. I like to use the notes page opposite the monthly calendar view. Being able to look at the month view helps to jog my memory.

When the end of the year arrives, I Iook back over these monthly summaries and have a much more complete view of the year. And you know what, it’s usually much better than I remembered. :)

Hope this helps you have a better feeling at the end of the year too.