Three Ways to Be Intentional With Your Time and Space
It’s a New Year and a good time to focus on new goals. What are yours? I’ve spent many years working with clients to help them realize their goals and intentions, and would love to share what I’ve learned. Before starting, it’s extremely important to realize you can’t do it all. We all have numerous aspirations but it’s crucial to sit down and focus on the ones that will lay a foundation for future goals.
1) Set Goals: Where would you like to be at the end of the year?
- Brainstorm the life you want and write down as many goals as you can think of, big or small!
- Narrow down this list of goals to 3 main goals that are necessary to lay the foundation
- Make sure these goals are meaningful and have a purpose -- this is crucial for staying motivated
- Goals need to be specific -- this makes it easier to plan your steps, and to be accountable
ie. “I want to be more healthy this year” is not going to get you anywhere. “I want to be able to run 5K by May 1st” is specific. You know your target, can track your progress, and continually work towards it.
2) Make a plan: Get Organized
What do you need to do or organize before you can take action on these goals?
- Get organized. If you’re going to run 5K, you need to have the right gear, make time to train and make sure your food intake supports your training.
- Create a plan of what you need to do each day, week and month to make your goals happen. Be sure to be realistic about your expectations and the amount of time you can commit to each activity. Breaking your goal down into tiny daily baby steps is what will lead you to the big change you will see at the end of 2018.
3) Take Action: The daily Do’s
Based on the plan you’ve created, it’s time to take action.
Steps for taking action:
- Schedule tasks in your calendar, and make sure you will actually honour them by creating enough time and not double booking
- Make a daily list that you can physically check off
- Have a visual reference of your goals somewhere that you can see it daily
- Find someone to help you be accountable -- this means someone you can collaborate with, share your successes with, and even someone who is doing working on a similar goal alongside you.
Let us know your struggles and successes when setting goals!