Time Management Monday: Working new goals into your schedule

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This time of year many of us are thinking of goals and resolutions for the new year. Unfortunately, many New Year’s resolutions fail, due to lack of planning in my opinion. To ensure the success of your new goals, you have to think about how to fit them into your schedule so they will actually get done.

I’ve written several posts in the Time Management Monday series that will help you fit new goals into your schedule.

The first step is to look over the year that is now ending to see where you currently stand. From there you can make decisions about priorities for the upcoming year. Details on how to do this are in the Year Review post.

Next, think about what you really want to do. Often the important but not urgent things get pushed aside. The If Not Now, When? post will help you figure out those important things that you want to work into your life.

Once you’ve figured out what you want to do, you need to figure out how you’re going to do it. For example, many people put exercise on their goals list, but this is the most difficult time of the year to work in exercise due to the cold weather and darkness (in the Northern hemisphere). This post gives you some ideas on ways to accomplish exercise in the cold and dark.

Whatever your goal is, you need to figure out when in your day you will do your goal actions, and incorporate those tasks into your schedule. A list of daily intentions will hold you accountable to what you want to accomplish each day (as detailed in this post.)

Now you know what your goals are, how you are going to accomplish them, and how to hold yourself accountable to them each day, you’ll need to schedule your goal activities into your daily plan. Time blocking allows you to designate a time to do your goal tasks.

Armed with these skills, you are ready for success in 2015!

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