Tomorrow is the last day of the year! Are you thinking, “Now what?” You are not alone. Many times after the holidays people can be a little lost. They may find they have more time on their hands or not sure what to focus on.
I am here to HELP YOU! I am going to give you some answers to your now what questions. AND I have some free printables just for YOU! To help guide you as you start a new year.
If you have been around long enough then you know that last year I started do to monthly goals. Usually at the beginning of the month I put out a post detailing my monthly personal and work goals.
I talk a a bit about my goals from the previous month. A few things happened. I was putting my goals out there and this helped me to be more accountable about my goals.
I also broke up my goals into smaller, more attainable goals. Which also helped me to get more done. So with that in mind let’s talk about our first Now What Hack.
Now What Hack #1: Make a Few Bigger Goals
You might think I’m crazy because I just talked about making smaller goals. I promise this has a point. 🙂 Last year one of my big goals was to declutter and organize my WHOLE house.
That alone is so daunting. But it was s starting point. For 2020 I want to organize and declutter my life on screens (pictures, important info, etc.) and in paper.
For work I have some big goals but I am keeping them to myself, for now. They are kind of HUGE and I’m not sure I need or want the pressure of putting those goals out there.
Now What Hack #2: Break Your Big Goal into Smaller Goals
Last year I took my big goal of decluttering and organizing my whole house and wrote it down. I used my simplify printables to help me write in detail what I wanted to do in each room.
Each month I picked a room (or sometimes two) to focus on for the month. After a whole year of doing this my house is decluttered and organized. It’s an ongoing project because I have 5 other people to train and to “help” me.
This year I have written my big goal down and started to write down alllll the little goals to make my big goal happen. Instead of saying, “now what?” I will have it all laid out in an organized way.
Now What Hack #3: Make a Plan and Write Your Goals Down
So now you have your major goal (or a few, don’t have too many! It will overwhelm you.) and mini goals within your major goal. Now what? You make a plan and WRITE IT DOWN!
Use my free printables to plan out how you will accomplish your goal. Write down ALL the steps. Don’t leave anything out because it is all important in order for you to be successful.
Decide what will be the first step and start from there. You can plan do to certain things in certain months. Or you can just start with the first step and go onto the next step when you have finished the first.
However you choose to tackle your mini goals, you need to get started and…
Now What Hack #4: Be Accountable
That’s right, you need to be accountable for your now what major and mini goals. Tell a friend, get an accountability partner, tag me on social media and share with the world (or your little corner of it), or think of a way that will help you to be accountable.
This is how I stay accountable:
- I blog my goals each month
- I write my goals down and usually post them in my bathroom
- Tell Eddy my goals
- Lists! I love to cross things off. Every little thing I do gets crossed off. And on man it feels good!
- Having a time frame (of a month) helps me have a start and end date
- Breaking my goals into mini goals makes it easier to achieve
- Write down what I want to do on a certain day on my calendar
What do you do to help you stay accountable? Share in the comments so we can all learn from your wisdom. 🙂
Now What Hack #5: Recap and Plan
Since I break my mini goals into monthly intervals it is easy for me to recap on my last month. What went well, what didn’t? What did I finish vs. what needs to still be done?
After I have taken a few minutes to think about last month I then know where I am going to go next month. At the end of the year I didn’t get as much done in a certain month. I ended up having the same personal goals for three months.
Was it ideal? No. Did I eventually meet my goals? Yes. Sometimes things do not go as planned and you have to modify. THAT’S OKAY! Life happens. Just take a step back and breath. Or say, “so what!” and move on.
Now that I have thought about last month I’m ready to plan for next month (or for the next goal). Planning is such an important part of being successful at meeting a goal.
If you build it, they will come.
Same thing applies! If you plan then you will be more successful. Notice I said more successful. You can’t just plan. You need to…
Now What Hack #6: Get To Work
Get up and get to work! You have to put forth all the effort to make things happen. You can do this! I hope this will help you to be more successful with accomplishing a big goal you have for 2020.
Please let me know what your goal is. And click here or the picture below to get your FREE Now What bundle. Happy planning and MEETING your goals!