After a horrific and pandemic-driven 2020, New Year’s Day 2021 could not come any sooner for many people. With the change in the calendar comes the tradition of creating New Year’s resolutions. And with those resolutions comes an opportunity to start with a clean slate (at least psychologically) and set forth a new plan for positive change.
What are your goals for 2021?
We list below a set of recurring themes and commonly stated goals:
Find a new job / Land a promotion
Save more money / Spend less money
Earn a job-ready certification
Learn a new, valuable and marketable skill
IMPROVED HEALTH & FITNESS
Eat more healthily
Lose weight / Sustain a healthy weight
Quit smoking / Quit drinking
Keep in touch more with family and friends
Live life to the fullest
Learn to control stress / Meditate
Get more organized
Read more / View social media less
Start a new hobby
The ideas come easily. Yet the execution is hard.
Despite the best of intentions, once the glow of a fresh new year wears off, many people struggle to make good on their plans. To help you stick to your goals, here are some practical tips:
- Prepare yourself for change: Take a personal inventory of what is working in your life, what is personally challenging, and things you’d like to see happen or change
- Set a motivating goal: Your goals must have importance and value to you; don’t do them simply for others
- Focus on a manageable number of goals: Time and attention are your biggest constraints, and stretching yourself too thinly will impede your progress. Aim your energy at only the most important changes
- Be specific: Set out SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-sensitive) that will help define exactly what you are trying to accomplish
- Create a plan: Break up big goals into smaller, bite-size tasks. Establishing a defined set of steps will help you make progress toward your goals
- Make your goals visible: Write down your goals, and post them visibly to increase your personal awareness. Consider sharing them with others to make yourself personally accountable
- Review your resolutions regularly: Match and mark your progress against your SMART goals. Celebrate the small wins as they occur, and note how the incremental steps are creating massive change
- If you wander off the path, get back on the path quickly: Expect to see hiccups in your plans and your progress, but don’t be discouraged by the meandering path to improvement — don’t let Perfection get in the way of Better. Take a moment to assess what waylaid you, and find nudges — environmental set-ups and small behavioral changes — that will keep you on-track
If your goal is to find a new role in 2021, don’t hesitate to contact us at Shannon Staffing! We can help you define your marketable value, set appropriate targets, and connect you to attractive roles and organizations. Working Together. Building Futures.
(written by: Nelson)