When do you set new goals and make new plans?
Every week? Every month? Every year? All of the above? I do, too!
While many wait for January for their fresh start, I like to begin the new year in December (aka DEBcember!) Approaching the next calendar year with a running start is the perfect way to set yourself up for success.
While everyone is winding down 2021, you can start achieving your 2022 goals before January 1st.
Before new year planning can begin, take an inventory of the last 12 months ... and celebrate all of your accomplishments.
How did you do on the goals you set last year?
What was your biggest win each month? Each season?
Also, consider the challenges you faced and how you dealt with them.
Don't forget your personal achievements. Did you survive teaching your kids through Zoom school? Did you learn a new language, start a new hobby, or start a new writing project? Did you lose 20 lbs, even though you were aiming for 30?
All Wins Count
Note: If you had trouble remembering your wins, making the decision to track them in the new year is a great goal! At the end of each day - or week - write down one to three wins. Keep a dedicated notebook or computer document, so all of your wins are in one place ... and ready for you to look at when you need a boost!
Make Plans for 2022
Now, start planning for 2022. This time next year, what do you want to celebrate? Writing a new book? Getting an agent? Being published in a national magazine or three?
Write down your monster list of goals for 2022. These can be big goals, small goals, dream goals, easy goals, tasks, activities, projects. Include personal and professional goals. And also review - or rewrite - your mission and motto to make sure your action items and aspirations are in line with your big picture vision for your future.
Now, divide and conquer. Categorize all of your like goals and get organized. Look at your schedule and assign time each week (whatever is feasible with your busy schedule) to work toward your goals. Slow and steady gets things done.
We have had so many changes over the last two years. Isn’t it time everyone gets a break? Get a running start to the new year. And, remember, you can do it!
What's your greatest win from 2021? What's your big goal for 2022? Please share in the comments.
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A version of this article was originally posted on Writers On the Move.
This is a Guest Post by Debra Eckerling. Debra is the award-winning author of Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals and founder of the D*E*B METHOD, which is her system for goal-setting simplified. A writer, editor, and project catalyst, Deb works with entrepreneurs, executives, and creatives to set goals and manage their projects through one-on-one coaching, workshops, and online support. She speaks on the subjects of writing, networking, goal-setting, and social media.