That’s right, I am already starting to think about the end of the year. A little terrifying, isn’t it? Pumpkin Spice Latte’s have just made their triumphant return and I’m already moving past Peppermint Mocha season. But in all seriousness, you know you started the year with some goals in mind, and you also know that it will feel great to accomplish them before 2015 comes to a close. In order to do that, we need to prepare now.
Normally, I would start this list of tips with “revisit your New Year’s Resolutions.” Today I’m not going to. I wrote my New Year’s Resolutions nine months ago. In order to make the most out of the end 2015, we need to address our priorities as they stand now.
- Get clear on your top priorities between now and the end of the year. That might mean addressing your new years resolution, or that might be shifting your focus to something entirely different. The important thing is to identify the tasks/goals/achievements that are most important to you right NOW.
- Make an “if everything goes perfectly” list of what you would ideally like to accomplish for each priority. This does not need to be elaborate, but it will help you get even more clear about your goals. If you had five extra hours in each day, plenty of sleep, and someone else to do your housework, how would you work on your priorities between now and December 31st?
- Then make a “this is real life” list of the tasks you can actually accomplish – because, of course, we don’t have five extra hours in each day or brain capacity to address eight different priorities. Personally, when I get to this stage, I try to stay really conservative to keep myself from listing more than what I can successfully finish. The idea here is to narrow your to-dos down to the most important items that you can realistically finish before the end of the year and feel accomplished. Feel free to have a “B” list of items to work on after you finish your “A” list. But I really encourage you to keep your “A” list short and as feasible as possible.
- Look at your calendar and get out your pencil. Go ahead and block off the time you need to work on your goals. For some people, it may be easiest to work backwards from December 31st. For others, it might just mean blocking off a few hours each week where your “day job” won’t get in the way.
- Finally, take a few minutes to think about how good it will feel to be DONE. Yes, this is cheesy, but I’m not suggesting that you do a full dream board or anything (unless that is your thing). Just take five minutes to think about how you will feel on January 1st, having accomplished what you set out to accomplish. Maybe you’ll feel like a different person. Maybe you’ll feel more confident. Maybe you’ll feel lighter, as if a weight has been lifted. It is worth taking a few minutes to think about it.
Need some more inspiration? Get the Gloss did a great piece on accomplishing goals that goes beyond the usual tips: 10 Steps for Achieving Life Goal Success Before the End of the Year
Enjoy Pumpkin Spice Latte season because Peppermint Mochas will be upon us all too quickly.