Choosing Your Goals for the New Year
Baby Boomers have one advantage over the younger people when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. We have the wisdom to know what we can do and what we cannot do.
Most people make New Year’s resolutions that they promptly drop before the month’s end. But, if you learn how to choose goals that really have a chance of coming to fruition, and understand that goals need action behind them to be achieved, you’ll make this next year one of success.
This six-step process will help you choose goals for the New Year that really do have a chance to become true.
- What Did You Accomplish This Past Year?
Starting your planning session with the positives from the past year will help get you into a better frame of mind. If you can see that you’ve accomplished many of your goals, you are well on your way to success. Like a winning football team, use the big “MO” to channel your energy to develop the goals that may be more difficult to achieve.
- What Did Not Go Well Last Year?
More than likely you made some goals that you didn’t achieve. It’s good to look at those items and try to determine why you didn’t reach them. Were they realistic goals? Did you make a good enough plan to ensure you met each goal? Did you make too many other goals so that you simply did not have enough time?
- Make a Short List of Things You’d Like to Accomplish in the Coming Year
Now make a short list of no more than five things you’d like to accomplish this coming year. Choose a goal that you accomplished last year and want to continue to develop. Also you might choose some things from the list that did not get accomplished. You may also choose to add completely new items to the list. Properly setting priorities is a skill necessary for success. As a Baby Boomer, you learned how to set priorities to your advantage. Use this skill wisely.
- Make a List of Things You’re Going to Stop Doing
One reason some New Years goals aren’t accomplished is lack of time. Therefore, you need to make room for the new goals. This requires that you make a list of things you are not going to do anymore that will give you time for the new goals. For example, let’s say one of your new goals is to exercise 30 minutes a day, and last year you read 30 minutes a day. You might choose to end reading for the year in favor of exercising.
- Refine Your To-Do List with Realistic Action Plans
Here you can take your list of five and move it down to one or two goals you really and truly want and need to accomplish for the New Year. The way you’ll do that is to actually plan each goal step by step. You obviously want to accomplish these items by the end of the year, so start at that date. Then, moving backwards, make a plan of action you need to take each day to actually achieve your goals.
- Put Everything in Your Calendar
If You Do Not Write It Down, It Will Not Get Done!
No plans will happen if they are not down on paper or on a digital calendar. Each step you need to take should be in the calendar. That way, on any given day when you wake up in the morning, you simply look at the calendar and find out what you need to do. You don’t need to even focus on the end result, only what you are doing today or this hour.
My wife and I have been using a Planner Pad for years. You set the broad goals on one level. Then list the specific goals for the week. That makes developing the daily goal easy to determine. It becomes a list where you can check it off as you accomplish the goal for that day. It is easy and effective. Try it. To visit their website, click here.
Are Retired People Busy?
Yes, we are. I am busier now than ever with projects, golf, club meetings, church, volunteering and more. If I want to enjoy my “free” time in retirement, I need to plan for my time!
These six steps will help you reach any goal for the New Year. Remember, it’s all about narrowing down what really matters, making realistic goals that you have time to work into your already busy day, and then scheduling everything for success.
That’s not news, but that too, is reality. Building a Home Biz for Retirees takes planning to succeed, just like any other business.