It’s February Eve, and just like NYE, I’m celebrating with resolutions, goals and renewed faith in both myself and the weeks ahead. Ok, so that might be a little overboard but you get the gist.
I want to talk about setting New Month Resolutions, which is exactly what it says on the tin. At the beginning of each quarter (January, April, July and October), I look ahead to the next three months and think about what I’d like to achieve, where I’d like to be and how I’d like my life to look. I then work backwards from that endpoint, setting realistic goals each month that will each take me one step closer to where I’m headed.
It’s nothing fancy, just a Note on my phone with checkboxes so I can assess my progress and tick things off the list throughout the month. It also acts as a great reminder if I’m feeling a little lost or unmotivated to get back on track and choose one thing from the list to start working on.
So, with February arriving tomorrow, I want to encourage you all to reflect on your New Year’s Resolutions and ask yourself what you’ve done in January to contribute toward those goals. Please don’t worry if you’re suddenly hit with a feeling of guilt or disappointment. It’s only January 31st. You have plenty of time to achieve them this year, but if you’re not as far along as you’d have liked, now’s a great opportunity to start afresh.
I’d like you to join me on my quarterly goals by asking yourself where you would like to be by the start of spring? (Applicable for my fellow UK and Northern Hemisphere residents. Or by the end of summer, if you’re south of the equator… luck you, it’s freezing here at the moment!) This could relate to a relationship, a living situation, your career, hobby or self-development plans – whatever feels right for you.
Now you have your goal, let’s look at three tangible steps to get you there.
- Define what actions you need to take.
- Break them down and assign some to February and some to March. This will ensure they are more realistically achievable.
- Decide what you can do today to get you one step closer to ticking one of the items off the list. Even if that small step is researching or reaching out to someone with the knowledge to help, it’s a good start.
Staying accountable with Monthly Resolutions keeps your goals in the forefront of your mind and makes them even more achievable. Get ready to have your most productive year yet!