As we think about the year of us ahead it’s always a good practice to take stock in what we want for our careers, our lives, and our selves.
After asking three reflection questions at the end of the year, here are the three questions I’ll ask myself when thinking about the year ahead:
1. What do I need to do this year to get me to where I want to be in 2020?
Five-year plans, while great in theory, can often prove as fruitful as trying to predict what cell phones will look like in fifty years. However, it is good to think about what you want your life to look like five years from now and then create habits to work towards that. One example could be earning a specific salary or hourly rate. What do I need to do this year to earn that (and feel as if I earned it) five years from now?
2. What are my walk around goals?
We’ve all read the articles on visualization and manifestation, but what I find most helpful is creating “walk around” goals and numbers in order to keep my objectives top of mind. These are easy-to-remember and easy-to-recite facts and figures that you can literally walk around with and say in conversation. For example, “I want to write five syndicated articles this year”, “I’m working to double my side hustle income”, “I want to work 30 hours a week” or even, “My goal is to take two week long vacations in 2016!”
3. Where am I going to invest my time and energy?
With time being everyone’s most precious resource, it’s wise to reflect on where we want to invest it. As someone who has now both a baby and a business, my time and energy resources are extremely finite. A little one brought a lot of clarity to what work actually needed to get done and the amount of time I had to do it in. Wherever you invest energy is where you will see results, so it’s good to be mindful about this and then schedule your days and weeks accordingly.
Cheers to reflecting, planning and an intentional 2016.