The new year is always a time for reflection and assessment as we note the passing of time. And so many of us partake in the annual tradition of New Year’s resolutions; losing weight, quitting smoking, and managing debt are among the most popular recurring resolutions. And yet just 8% of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions. Instead of repeating the same old resolutions, here are some steps to create and achieve realistic goals for the coming year.
When setting goals, make sure the goals are “SMART”:
Specific – focused and not ambiguous
Measurable – have an objective outcome
Action-oriented – set specific actions toward the goal
Realistic – consider the difficulty and timeframe and make sure it is attainable
Time-bound – specify deadlines and time frames
Identify an overall goal or goals, and then break the goal into specific actions and milestones. Set deadlines and measure progress in increments.
The best way to keep track of these milestones and deadlines is to create a personalized calendar. Determine daily and weekly actions, and then weekly or monthly deadlines and assess measurements.
A calendar is a great way to keep your goals in mind and consistently track your progress. With PicsToPrint photobook software for business, a personalized calendar can start any month of the year, so don’t feel like January is the only time to set goals and achieve them. A customized calendar that reflects your personal deadlines and milestones acts as a constant reminder of your end goals. And PicsToPrint allows you to use any of your images in your calendar, so you can choose images that inspire and motivate you toward your goal and keep you progressing toward your goal all year long.
And don’t forget to reward yourself! Schedule specific and regular rewards along the way to keep yourself motivated and acknowledge the progress you’ve made. Celebrate each incremental success and honor your journey.
If you find that you’re not progressing as much as you had hoped, don’t just give up and feel like a failure. Reassess your goals and deadlines; were they realistic? Did you set reasonable time frames? Take the time to seriously evaluate the goals and make sure you learn something from the experience. Taking the time to re-evaluate and learn allows you to revise your strategy to be more effective the next time. And using PicsToPrint photo book software for print shops, it’s easy and inexpensive to make a new calendar that reflects your revised schedule.
The best way to accomplish big goals is to be consistent. A visible calendar, with inspirational images, reasonable milestones, and meaningful rewards, is a great way to remind yourself to stay on track and accomplish your ambitions.
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